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prompted by Ewen Cameron. Mor­ven said: “I’m very, very grate­ful for the award. It would be great to have a ca­reer as a singer and travel the world.

“I like to help peo­ple and in­flu­ence peo­ple to be bet­ter and make the world a bet­ter place.”

Next up was the Young En­tre­pre­neur Award with De­vel­op­ing the Young Work­force, which was won by Greer Phillips of Kil­marnock. Greer, who is study­ing at Aberdeen Univer­sity, could not make the event but her award was picked up by proud mum Lyn­d­sey. She told the au­di­ence her tal­ented daugh­ter was ‘ beau­ti­ful in­side and out’ and was de­ter­mined to make a dif­fer­ence.

Pre­sen­ter Ewen then phoned Greer and al­lowed her mum to break the news to her over speak­er­phone. An in­cred­u­lous and de­lighted Greer replied: “No way!”

The School Cham­pion Award with Brown­ings the Bak­ers was picked up by pop­u­lar school jan­i­tor Mark Ste­wart of St Patrick’s Pri­mary in Troon. Spring­side man Mark, who has been at the school for 17 years, said: “I’m to­tally hum­bled.”

Class of the Year Award with Steven Brown Art was won by the se­nior graphic com­mu­ni­ca­tion class at Dalmelling­ton’s Doon Acad­emy.

Their proud teacher Tracey Jones said: “This class al­ways makes me smile, no mat­ter how tough a day I’ve had. They def­i­nitely de­serve this award.”

The Best Lo­cal Bar/ Restau­rant Award with Reid’s Food Ser­vice was won by The Pop Inn, in Steven­ston, who seemed to have brought all their staff and loyal reg­u­lars with them to the cer­e­mony.

Owner Craig Mochan beamed: “This is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. I’d like to thank ev­ery­one for this award.”

The win­ner of the Good Neigh­bour Award, with Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, was picked up by Frances Car­son of Troon.

A hum­ble Frances said: “I was not ex­pect­ing that. There are lots of good neigh­bours out there, I am just one of them.”

The Best Lo­cal Char­ity Award, in as­so­ci­a­tion with The Burns Mall, Kil­marnock, was won by Ayr­shire Hol­i­day Dreams Foun­da­tion.

This lo­cal char­ity was born af­ter Clic Sar­gent an­nounced it was clos­ing Mal­colm Sar­gent House in Prest­wick,

a fa­cil­ity which pro­vided hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion for fam­i­lies liv­ing with cancer.

A sub­se­quent cam­paign to save the fa­cil­ity sadly failed, but now the aim of Ayr­shire Hol­i­day Dreams Foun­da­tion is to build a new hol­i­day fa­cil­ity.

Chair­man Nigel Martin said: “This award is for all the vol­un­teers who give freely of their time for the char­ity.

“The aim now is to pro­vide a new place where fam­i­lies can en­joy a hol­i­day, which for many fam­i­lies will be their last to­gether, so we have to make it spe­cial.”

The Con­tri­bu­tion to the Com­mu­nity Award with Spirit Aerosys­tems was won by James Smith of Kil­birnie, who is a Scot­tish am­bas­sador for Chil­dren 1st.

James also set up Hill­head Pets Cor­ner in Kil­birnie, which aims to help vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies in­crease their qual­ity of life by ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the out­doors.

He said: “I’ve not pre­pared any­thing, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing that, but it is ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous. I re­ally en­joy char­ity work, I like to help where I can.”

The Un­sung Hero Award with East, North and South Ayr­shire Coun­cils, was won by Mick Baird of Kil­win­ning Sports Club who coaches pre­dom­i­nately girls and ladies, but has also of­fered places to boys pre­vi­ously turned down by other clubs.

Mick said: “Girls foot­ball is on the up and we have 120 girls play­ing. This award though is tes­ta­ment to the 40 ther peo­ple at the club and the par­ents who help us do what we do.

“We couldn’t do it with­out their sup­port.”

The Life­time Achieve­ment Award with Ey­dent, the Al­liance of Ayr­shire Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tions, was won by Mary Anne Mur­phy, an 82- year- old who runs keep fit classes in her com­mu­nity.

The sprightly pen­sioner, who has run sev­eral marathons, is also a keen mem­ber of Dreghorn Mu­si­cial So­ci­ety and tal­ented so­prano singer.

Mary Anne’s friends Cather­ine Light­foot and Elaine Rori­son ac­cepted the award on Mary Anne’s be­half as she was en­joy­ing a hol­i­day – and some much needed rest and re­cu­per­a­tion af­ter a re­cent health bat­tle – with her fam­ily in sunny Lan­zarote.

The even­ing’s fi­nal award, the Toast of Ayr­shire, which was proudly spon­sored by the Kil­marnock Stan­dard, Irvine Her­ald and Ayr­shire Post, was won by HM Coast­guard Search and Res­cue.

The team, who took over from HMS Gan­net only 18 months ago, have just re­cently car­ried out their 500th res­cue mis­sion.

Ev­ery day the team pro­vide life­sav­ing sup­port on and off­shore – from fish­ing ves­sels in dan­ger to moun­tain res­cues and miss­ing per­son cases.

The pi­lots, spe­cial­ist winch op­er­a­tors, en­gi­neers and sup­port staff bat­tle treach­er­ous and dan­ger­ous con­di­tions ev­ery week to save hun­dreds of lives.

Roger Stringer and Paul Booth, from the Prest­wick cen­tre, said they were shocked and amazed to have won the award.

Paul said: “I came here as a guest and was not ex­pect­ing any­thing else. It’s amaz­ing.”

Col­league Roger added: “This is fan­tas­tic. We have been so em­braced by the pub­lic since we set up here in Ayr­shire.

“We are busy and no two days are the same. We cover a large area as far north as Barra and over to St An­drew’s on the east coast, and south into the north of Eng­land.

“But our home is here in Ayr­shire and we de­lighted with this award.”

Our pic­tures are by Chloe Adams.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Meet the 2017 Cream of Ayr­shire award win­ners

Stage is set The Pop Inn staff go wild af­ter their big win

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