Grammar Primary were named as Outstanding School at the awards
South Ayrshire's unsung heroes have been officially recognised at the Outstanding People Awards (TOPA) 2016. 190 people attended the annual awards ceremony, hosted by South Ayrshire Council, which took place at Ayr Racecourse on Thursday November 17.
Among the winners this year: the team working behind the scenes at The Open, the community group that created the magical Fullarton Fairy Trail, enthusiastic litter pickers at the Scottish International Airshow, as well as a project for the festive season where Council staff dug deep to donate handpicked gifts on Christmas Day.
This year the awards, which recognise exceptional service and contributions to the community, drew a record number of nominations with more than 160 people put forward from across the Council and the wider community. The winners of the 12 main categories were drawn from the final shortlist of 38 nominated people, teams, and organisations, with a further team named for the Chief Executive's Award.
Eileen Howat, Chief Executive at South Ayrshire Council, said, "TOPA has gone from strength-to-strength over the years, with nominations from both inside the Council and from the public up by more than a third in 2016.
"What everyone involved has in common is their tireless work to make sure that communities get the best possible results, with their efforts acting as an inspiration to friends and colleagues across South Ayrshire.
"It's humbling to see the commitment of people to go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure make sure a job's done perfectly, and I'd like to thank everyone involved in this year's Outstanding People Awards, without you none of this would be possible."
The Council teamed up with the Ayrshire Post as media partner to promote the event, with the paper sponsoring the new 'Outstanding school' category, with prize money of £150 being donated for use in the school.
Ayrshire Post Editor, Kenny Smith, said, "We're proud to be supporting an event that champions the work of ordinary people who go the extra mile to make lives better for others.
"We're a paper that lives and breathes Ayrshire and the Outstanding People Awards underlines what we see week in, week out – that we live in a community that likes to make a difference whenever we can.
"It was an honour to be able to meet so many inspirational people gathered in one place at an event and everyone involved should be rightly proud of their achievements. Well done!"
A full list of the winners can be found here.