Model citizens win community praise

PROUD youngsters have been honoured for their hard work at school and in the community at a special prize-giving service.

The Amble and Warkworth Good Citizens Award ceremony took place on Friday to pay tribute to children who have impressed with their outstanding behaviour and attitude.

Five model youngsters were recognised, having been nominated by their schools.

And it was Amber Brown, from Amble, who was named the overall winner.

“It is really good to win. I didn’t expect it. I am really honoured,” said the pupil at James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) – South Avenue, formerly Amble Middle School.

The 13-year-old, who received a bike as part of her first prize, was a worthy winner and was described by her school as a ‘responsible and self-motivated person’ who was helpful in school in many areas, especially the music department.

The youngster has carried out continuous charity work including helping to organise the Bring, Bring mobile phone collection as well as organising a number of charity talent shows which have raised hundreds of pounds for a string of charities.

Amber is also a member of the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre group and previously helped within the artography group of The Ambler.

And the victory meant that her school lifted the Annual Shield, which Amber presented to Richard Kielty, head of school for JCSC – South Avenue.

Mr Kielty said: “I am immensely proud of her. She is a tremendous girl. She does a lot of good work within the school and the community. I am thrilled she has been recognised.

“It is fantastic for the school too. I am very proud and delighted to accept the award of behalf of the staff and students. In this day and age, you often her so many negative stories about children and what they do in the community but this is something that is really positive.”

The other children who were recognised for their hard work, and were runners-up to Amber, were Sam Coulthard, from Warkworth C of E (Aided) First School, Lindsey Little, of St Cuthbert’s RC First School, in Amble, Waverley Young, of Amble First School, and Joseph Gair, from Amble Links First School.

The Amble and Warkworth Good Citizens Award, now in its second year, was the brainchild of Police Community Support Officer Darin Fawcett.

He said “I think children who work hard in the school and in the community should be rewarded for it. It is nice to see good kids getting rewarded for something.”

Paying tribute to the children, he said: “They are all winners in their own right and they are all very highly thought of by their schools, but we can only have one winner and Amber is a well-deserved winner.”

Others to attend the event, at Amble’s Fourways 2, were Mayor of Amble Coun Leslie Bilboe, Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart and Mick Todd, Chief Inspector for Neighbourhoods North.

Coun Bilboe congratulated the children, saying: “They are the future. It paints a nice picture for Amble. The more children we get involved in this, the better for all the community.

“I am very impressed with the work that Darin and the police do and the Good Citizens Award is moving on beautifully.”

Local businesses were thanked for their support and donations, in particular Nick and Katie Spurr from Spurreli, Amble, who has donated the first prize for the last two years and Trish Grahamslaw of Nickalls Accountants, in Amble, who donated the Annual Shield.