MIDDLEWICH’S finest have been honoured for their contributions to the town’s community spirit at the annual awards ceremony.

The Middlewich Oscars took place on Friday night, March 9, with awards handed out to those who have made an impact on the town over the past year.

The black-tie event saw prizes given across nine categories, honouring businesses and individuals alike.

Compering the night, town clerk Jonathan Williams said: “We cannot do what we do as a town council without wonderful support and commitment from some very dedicated, supportive and experienced volunteers helping us.

“All our champions are very special winners, and rightly so. It is the absolute privilege of Middlewich Town Council to recognise and applaud you all.”

All awards were given off the back of community nominations.

Family Legal scooped business of the year, while Mike Bagshaw picked up Senior Citizen of the Year and Anya Hesketh Young Person of the Year.

Darren Roberts and Stuart Eustace of Run Middlewich shared the spoils in the Sport and Leisure Award, with Claire and Mia Field winning the Community Support Award.

Mike Walton was presented with the Heritage, Arts and Culture Award, Tina Ogdon received the Excellence in Education Award, and the Service to the Community Award went to Beverly Bryning.

Norma Taylor was awarded the Town Mayor’s Special Award for her work with The Middlewich Over 60s Club.

In asking for nominations, a town council spokesman said before the event: “They may be young or old, a group or an individual – maybe a business that puts that little bit extra back into the town.

“Middlewich has many community champions who keep our community going. Some we know of but there are those who do not get the recognition they deserve."