The Pride of Britain awards are recognised at an annual award ceremony which has been running since 1999. The awards are designed to honour Britain’s unsung heroes; people who have acted bravely or extraordinarily in challenging situations.
The Pride of Britain was televised this week and brought the nation together as we all remembered some difficult times that shattered lives but strengthened communities throughout 2017.
Wayne Marques, Charlie Guenigault and Keith Palmer were recognised for their outstanding service as police officers as they tackled knife–wielding terrorists in the heart of London on March 22nd and June 3rd.
Keith Palmer confronted a terrorist unarmed, preventing him from entering parliament but suffered a fatal knife wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. Both Wayne Marques and Charlie Guenigault(who was off duty when he stepped in to save others from the attackers) were injured but were present to collect their awards.
Also recognised on the night were the Grenfell community (who united to offer support and shelter) and the Grenfell firefighters (who went above and beyond their call of duty to save lives). Manchester medics were thanked for their selfless response to the devastation of the Manchester arena attacks, the audience were showed an emotional video of doctors and nurses recalling the event and commending colleagues who turned up to help despite being off duty or even retired.
Dr Paul Stephenson, OBE, a civil rights pioneer that led a victorious boycott against racist bus company bosses in 1963, was recognised for his continuing work against racism and segregation. Dr Stephenson is now 80 and suffers from Parkinson’s disease but continues to publically speak against discrimination.
We’re all very proud of our country and wanted to help spread the word about our everyday hero’s. To read about all the exceptional winners visit prideofbritain.com.
Posted 10th November 2017