Awards double for Bridlington

Members of the Hangout collect the Chairmans Community Award at The Spa, Bridlington.

Members of the Hangout collect the Chairmans Community Award at The Spa, Bridlington.

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A Bridlington-based group has been honoured at the annual East Riding of Yorkshire Council Chairman’s Awards.

The Hangout, a youth organisation ran by volunteers, claimed the Chairman’s Community Award - Group category at a recent ceremony.

Harrison Male picks up his Talented Performer Award.

Harrison Male picks up his Talented Performer Award.

The group caters for young people aged between eight and 16 and provides a regular Friday night session and extra activities, events and days out throughout the year.

The organisation supports local community projects and regularly take part in litter picking and community clean-ups.

The Hangout is now so popular the Friday night sessions have reached capacity and there is a waiting list of young people who want to attend.

The group has had recognition from Humberside Police saying its presence directly impacts on the amount of anti-social behaviour that takes place on a Friday night.

Founder Jo Miles was over the moon with the award.

She said: “This is just fabulous as it recognises the hard work that has been put in over the last two years.

“The Hangout gives young people somewhere safe to chill out on a Friday night and to meet people they may not usually socialise with. We’re over the moon with this.”

Another Bridlington winner at the awards was young footballer Harrison Male.

Harrison, 15, landed the award in the Talented Performer category.

After picking up his award Harrison said: “That was more nerve-wracking than playing in a football match but it’s really nice to get the recognition.

“My aim is to just carry on what I’m doing and make it to the big time!”

Other Bridlington nominees at the awards were: Brightening up Bridlington (Environment Award); The gymnastics club, Martongate Primary School (Top team/club category); The Bridlington Maritime Trail (Heritage Award); The RSPB Sea Bird Heritage Centre, Bempton (Commercial development and major schemes category); Wold Top Brewery (Business Award); and Muntons plc (51 and over employees category).