Glitzy awards for local heroes

By Alex Jones in Local People

THE Oscars have come to Barmouth.

The Rotary Club of Mawddach has again hosted a glittering ‘Oscar Night’ at the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth.

Rotary internationally and nationally tackle many of the problems that beset communities both here and abroad.

However Rotary also recognises the fact that many people also contribute much to their community, often with little recognition beyond their immediate friends and colleagues.

Mawddach Rotary club decided to honour some of the Barmouth area for their efforts in making life more comfortable or enjoyable for others in the local community.

The first Oscar was awarded to Betty Annette who has been running dance classes at the Dragon for years despite her own health problems with failing sight and her husband’s illness.

The Barmouth Food Bank in Park Road was first opened in 2013 and since then Dave Hooper and his team have expanded the operation massively. In accepting his Oscar Mr Hooper gave credit to his hard-working team for the continuing success of the centre.

Another team to receive an Oscar were husband and wife, David and Carol Clay.

David has been a stalwart of the tourist scene in Barmouth for many years ensuring the town continues to attract more tourists through the Barmouth Tourist guide.

Yet another activity that attracts tourists towards the end of the season is the Barmouth walking festival.

Bill and Lesley Aimison were awarded their Oscar for the work they have put in over the years in developing and sustaining this much enjoyed festival.

Finally, an Oscar for that well known trombonist Danny Jones. Danny has for years organised the monthly Jazz nights in the Arts room of the Dragon Theatre and similar events at the rugby club in Dolgellau.

See this week’s north editions for the full story, in shops and online on Thursday

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