Association’s awards event for 40 years

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A Blyth community group celebrated a special anniversary with an awards ceremony.

Cowpen Quay Community Association marked its 40th anniversary with the special event.

The association has grown from a small group of mothers who, in 1974 set up a simple youth club in St John’s Hall in Cowpen Quay.

Since that time they have expanded to become a provider of educational, social and sporting activities at the Buffalo Community Centre.

During the past 40 years they have seen legislation change, had periods of hardship where they have struggled for funding and seen exciting ideas and projects take place.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary they held the first, of what they hope to be many Irene Parker ‘Pride of the Buffalo’ awards ceremony.

The awards are in memory of Irene Parker, who devoted herself to the association for several years as a member of the management committee.

Award winners were Pride of the Buffalo: Margaret Bennett; Volunteer of the Year: Jimmy Womersley; Young Person of the Year: Carl Robinson; Spirit of Youth: Suzanne Devlin; Service with a Smile: Stu Olley, Best Community Project: BME Group.