Six Bridlington nominations for awards

The Lobster Pot managers Sheila & David Riel.
The Lobster Pot managers Sheila & David Riel.

Six Bridlington individuals and organisations have been nominated for the prestigious Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council awards.

Jordan Gilbey, Bob Downing, Margaret Greenall, John Gibson, Friends of the Elderly and the Lobster Pot pub have all been put forward for the awards, which will be announced at a ceremony at The Spa next month.

Dozens of nominations were received from across the county for awards in five categories; sport, built heritage, business, environment and community.

Nominated for the sport junior volunteer award, Jordan Gilbey is a valued gymnastics coach who has been teaching three hours a week at Martongate Primary School for over five years.

Friends of the Elderly are shortlisted for the community group award for their work with older residents living in the Bridlington area – not only to ensure they can live independently at home but also to ensure they are part of the community.

The Lobster Pot is up for the commercial developments and major schemes award in the built heritage category. New owners David and Sheila Riel took the former Broadacres Hotel and transformed it into a major new asset for Bridlington’s residents and visitors.

Bob Downing has been nominated for the community individual award. Bob has dedicated 30 years to developing Bridlington’s community theatre, the Spotlight on West Street, which is home of Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Margaret Greenall could add to her Bridlington Free Press Sports Awards services to junior sport prize, after being shortlisted for the chairman’s services to sport award. A founding member of the Bridlington Amateur Swimming Club in 1977, she has been coaching swimmers at the club ever since.

John Gibson MBE is also up for the services to sport award and has dedicated the past 35 years to promoting and organising junior football. Since 1979 he has provided coaching and competitive games for many young people, founding the highly-regarded Bridlington Rangers Junior Football Club.

Bridlington south Coun Chad Chadwick, chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I would like to congratulate all of those who have been nominated for a Chairman’s Award this year. We received dozens of nominations and it was a difficult task to compile a shortlist with such a high calibre of application.

“I am looking forward to the award ceremony greatly and to celebrating the accomplishments of individuals and organisations whose contributions make the East Riding such a unique, diverse and vibrant place.”

The Chairman’s Awards will be presented to the winners at a ceremony at The Spa Bridlington on Tuesday, 7 May.