Stars of Norfolk and Waveney 2017: The region unites to say thank you
- Credit: Nick Butcher
It was a night of celebration that had the audience cheering, smiling and even producing tears of joy.
Often people's inspiring actions go unnoticed - but the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards Night was an opportunity to make sure regional heroes got the credit they deserve.
Award winners were among more than 200 guests, made up of family and friends, who filled St Andrew's Hall in Norwich.
The audience clapped and cheered as each of the 14 category winners were announced.
Tracy Eves was named carer of the year and overall winner for the work she does at Meadow House nursing home, in Swaffham, where she goes beyond the call of duty to make sure the residents are happy.
The annual awards, which began taking nominations in May this year, celebrate the selfless and brave who have gone the extra mile for others and have had an extraordinary impact on their communities.
Other winners included the Broadland Specials and Russell Dagless, who stopped a van on the A47 with his lorry when the driver became unconscious, who collected prizes for the outstanding bravery they have shown.
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David Powles, EDP editor-in-chief, said he was amazed by all the stories of work done by those in the region without asking for anything in return.
Mr Powles said: 'Stars is one of the nights that communities get to say 'thank you' to the people and teams who have made a difference in their lives.
'It was a wonderful opportunity to give a little something back to those who give so much.'
There was also a special recognition award and a judges' special award.
The recognition award went to Baileys Fish and Chip Show in Diss, which opened on Christmas Day 2016 to offer free meals to anyone who was alone during the festive season.
The judges' special award went to Rachel Crane, a breastfeeding support worker who volunteers in cafes to continue helping women after they have been discharged.
The awards were hosted by BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad.
The finalists were drawn from a pool of entries who were nominated by EDP readers.
The winners in each category.
• Carer of the Year Award - Tracy Eves
• Young Person of the Year Award - Nathan Shoesmith
• Outstanding Sporting Achievement of the Year Award - Serena Grace
• Community Group or Champion of the Year Award - Heather Edwards
• Outstanding Bravery of the Year Award - Russell Dagless
• Hospital/Ambulance Hero/Heroine of the Year Award - Samantha Jones
• Team of the Year Award - Norfolk Accident Rescue Service
• Search and Rescue Person of the Year Award - John Davies
• Fire Service Person of the Year Award - Michael Jolly
• Volunteer of the Year Award - Lewis Tibbs
• Unsung Hero/Heroine of the Year Award - James Kearns
• Police Person of the Year Award - Broadland Specials
• Special Recognition Award - Bailey's Fish and Chip Shop
• Judges Special Award -Rachael Crane
• Overall Winner - Tracy Eves