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Dumfies & Galloway Life 2011 People of the Year Awards

‘Dumfries & Galloway can be proud of the fact that we have so many folk with enterprise and passion for this place’

It was a day of great celebration, standing ovations, and a few tears; the second Dumfries & Galloway Life People of the Year Awards ceremony was once again an unforgettable experience. Our special lunch at Easterbrook Hall brought together inspirational people from all over the region to celebrate all that’s best about Dumfries & Galloway.

The Duncan Rooms overflowed with pride as our finalists gathered to find out who would be crowned our 2011 winners from the worlds of enterprise, arts and leisure, sports, culture, tourism, food and drink, as well as honouring those who play an vital role in their community.

Launched last year, the Dumfries & Galloway Life People of the Year Awards aim to recognise the inspirational people and organisations from these sectors, and we were delighted to receive a fantastic response from readers across Britain.

Our panel of judges – Dame Barbara Kelly, convener of the Crichton Foundation; former head of Moffat Academy, Jeff Brown OBE; former Wigownshire Woman of the Year and intrepid fundraiser, Mavis Paterson, and Tricia Hunter, founder of Minerva People Limited – had an extremely difficult job selecting the winners.

In a change to last year’s format, all our finalists were invited to the special celebration lunch, with winners only being announced on the day.

They enjoyed a wonderful meal along with the judges and sponsors – without whom the event would not have been possible – and the ceremony was compered by Dumfries & Galloway Life columnist, Gilly Fraser.

The 180 guests also enjoyed a superb dancing performance from our Dumfries & Galloway Life Special Award winner, 13-year-old World Champion Highland Dancer, Ellis Hayes.

Cheers and applause echoed around the room as each of our winners was announced, with everyone on their feet to congratulate overall winner, Jennefer Tobin, who also won the Volunteer of the Year Award.