THE incredible achievements of extraordinary people from across Somerset were celebrated at the first ever Somerset Heroes awards presentation ceremony last night.

The awards were launched earlier this year by Newsquest Somerset, in partnership with BBC Somerset and Somerset County Council, to give a brief moment in the spotlight to some remarkable individuals whose achievements may not previously have received the acclaim they deserved.

A total of 23 Somerset Heroes nominees - all either highly commended or winners - attended last night's ceremony at the offices of WPA, in Blackbrook Park, Taunton.

The BBC's Emma Britton hosted the evening, and certificates were presented by Elaine Waymouth, Somerset County Council's deputy chairman, Matt Faulkner, BBC Somerset breakfast show presenter, and Ken Bird, Editor-in-Chief of Newsquest Somerset.

After the ceremony, Ken said: “I would like to thank WPA and all their staff for all their efforts. They could not have been more professional and helpful.”

For fantastic coverage of the awards, don't miss next week's Newsquest Somerset titles - the Somerset County Gazette, Bridgwater Mercury, Chard and Ilminster News, Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News and Yeovil Express.

Click on the link by this story to see our Somerset Heroes gallery.