Let's toast our Somerset Heroes!

Eric Saffin, of Monkton Heathfield, near Taunton, with Newsquest Somerset Editor-in-Chief Ken Bird.

Winner Kathryn Swan, of Chedzoy near Bridgwater, with BBC Somerset's Matt Faulkner.

Somerset Hero Drew Anderson, of Combe St Nicholas Primary School, with BBC Somerset's Matt Faulkner.

Sally Maloney, Somerset Hero from Stoke-sub-Hamdon, with Newsquest Somerset Editor-in-Chief Ken Bird.

First published in Somerset by

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.

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8:31am Sat 4 Jun 11

DIRKDIGGER says...

I cant believe that a local paper such as the Mercury can overlook a LOCAL HERO, not even mentioning his name.
Well done BEN HARVEY, I'm sure ALL of Hamp and Bridgwater are proud of you.
I cant believe that a local paper such as the Mercury can overlook a LOCAL HERO, not even mentioning his name. Well done BEN HARVEY, I'm sure ALL of Hamp and Bridgwater are proud of you. DIRKDIGGER
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5:35pm Wed 8 Jun 11

Ken Bird says...

Ben is featured in our Somerset Heroes coverage on page five of this week's Bridgwater Mercury ... and well done to him! Editor
Ben is featured in our Somerset Heroes coverage on page five of this week's Bridgwater Mercury ... and well done to him! Editor Ken Bird
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