Youth of Dartford, Gravesham and Sevenoaks celebrated at awards

PUBLISHED: 10:20 07 July 2011




»Extraordinary feats of bravery and courage, compassion, caring and individual talent were celebrated in an evening dedicated to recognising the achievements of young people from across north Kent.

Hundreds packed into the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, on Monday for the Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesham Try Angle Awards organised by Kent County Council. It was in recognition of youth achievement in a number of fields including sport, music, volunteering in the community and working with peers as a friend or carer.


The audience was also treated to a series of performances from the Sapphire Dance Academy, Dartford, and young musicians Henry Metcalfe, Brooke Drummond and Tom Johnson, and choir We Are The World.

Brenda Armstrong, of Kent Youth Service, who organised proceedings, was delighted. She said: “I was absolutely overwhelmed with it. We had about 140 nominations for the awards and some inspiring stories. This was about the young people having their chance to shine.”

Winners were Jodie Davis in the Bravery category; Kieren Manning, Achievement in the Arts; Kadeem Phipps, Achievement in Music; Danica Moore, Achievement in Sport; Michael and Robert Stroud, Young Carers; Rachel Fletcher, Service to the Community; Dartford Young and Gifted Committee, Citizenship; Lewis Finch for Personal Development, and Tamanna Miah picked up the Special Achievement honour.

Established in 1994, the annual Try Angle Awards are held across Kent and the winners will now progress to the finals at Ashford International on September 25.

Kent County Council Cabinet member for Customer and Communities, Mike Hill, said: “This was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements made by some truly inspirational young people.

“They have shown tremendous determination in overcoming obstacles in their lives and their triumphs over adversity are a real cause for celebration.”

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