COMMUNITY heroes were recognised by Torbay Council as part of the jubilee celebrations.
The authority organised a civic celebration as part of the Queen's diamond jubilee weekend to recognise residents who make extra efforts to help improve life in the area and for its residents.
The Bay's unsung heroes were invited to the special event on Saturday to recognise their work.
The day started with a civic thanksgiving service at St John's Church, Torquay and was followed by a celebration at the Riviera International Centre.
Cllr Mark Kingscote, lead member for the jubilee, said: "It was a brilliant day.
"All 60 who received awards were very touched and moved they were recognised by Torbay Council for all the work they do in the community helping make Torbay a better place to be.
"It was quite moving as they were all so thrilled and they felt very special we had acknowledged their contribution to public life.
"This was a way of involving the community's unsung heroes and linking it up with the Queen's reign which has been about community life."
The thanksgiving service in the church had two choirs who sang coronation anthems and the Bishop of Exeter gave the address.
Other special guests included the High Sheriff of Devon and the Duke and Duchess of Somerset.
Unsung Heroes included:
Bob Brewis — Preston Community Partnership Chair; Louise Gilson — Youngs Park and Geopark support; Tracey Cabache — Geopark support; Roger Mann — Amateur Sports in Torbay and South Devon Chair; Heather Savini— Torbay Inter Faith Forum 4 Youth organiser; Jan Mughrabi — Torbay Inter Faith Forum 4 Youth support; Lenny Turner — Continued and ongoing support of Play Torbay; Sheila Thomas — Marine Tennis Club and Cary Park Tennis Club; Jim Parker —Sport in Torbay – Barton Cricket Club Director; Rose Hewitt — Federation National Federation for the Blind Chair; Lesley Gore — Federation National Federation for the Blind Secretary; Darrell Fulford —Treasurer of Torbay Prostate Support Association; Shirley Leaman — Hand in Hand Volunteer Service; Marie Woodall— Chairman of Age UK Torbay; Jane Taylor—Association Disabled Sailing Association Treasurer; Shirley Musgrove —Association Disabled Sailing Association Support; Joan Couch —Chair of Home-Start Torbay; Hannah Plumridge — Principal Cornet for Brixham Town Band; Richard Baber —Paignton Zoo Volunteer – recycled toys for animals; Laura Cudlipp — Home Start Torbay Support; Mac Runsiman — Community help and security; Nick Hyde —Tree House Construction for Woodend Project; Peter Hosking —Chairman of Torbay Prostate Support Group; Sheila Thorndyke —Torbay & South West of England Festival; Quest Team —Torbay Services and quality assurance (Team of 11); Olive Farnham —Secretary of Brixham Community Partnership and Brixham Arts and Theatre Society.
Also receiving an unsung hero scroll were:
Linda Lear, Michael Paul, Carole Knapman, Lindsay and Joy Lawrence, Jim Batty, Tony Rider, Keith Richardson, Sheila Reid, Linda Dickinson, Norman McNamara, Rev Paul Ireton, John Pope, Dorothy Gordon-Smith, Lorraine Hunt, Jill Read, Chris Milford, Sue Newman, Caroline Jones, Rev Tony Macey, Robyn Brown, Dave Knott, Ali Marshall, Keith Loney, Victoria Graham. Zoey Baker, David Stamp, Arthur Christian, Martin Edgell, Margaret Anstey, Nick Bonstow, Shaun Hammond, Simon Gleghorn, Terry Porter, Simon Benney, Gavin Dyer, Margaret Pilgrim, Peter Foreman, Pat Reilly, Colin Porter.