ISLANDERS have been rewarded for the difference they make in the community during an awards ceremony.

Canvey Town Council held the ceremony after asking people to nominate residents who made a significant contribution to the quality of life on Canvey.

The awards up for grabs were Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Youth Community Group of the year, Community Group of the year, Best Community Contribution from a Local Business and Best School Community Project.

The winners all attended a glitzy evening at the annual town meeting on Monday.

They all had a chance to receive their award from town mayor, Barry Campagna.

In the category of Citizen of the Year, Sandra Durrant was chosen as the winner for her work with several different community groups.

Community group of the Year was presented to Cast and Crew Theatre Group, whose theatre productions regularly raise funds for worthwhile charities.

Youth Community Group of the Year was awarded to Canvey Rugby Club in recognition of the contribution they have made to youth on the island in the last few years.

Special recognition awards were also handed out to George Walker, Liam Groom, Scott Stone, Dan Lazell, and Scott Hodges for funding for the air ambulance.

A spokesman for Cast and Crew Theatre Workshop said: “We are all so proud that Cast and Crew has been awarded Community Group of the Year by Canvey Town Trudy Britnell met with mayor Mr Campagna. Well done gang.”

Alan Acott, deputy town mayor, said: “It is really important that we hold these awards to recognise the difference these people make in the community.

“The winners were all thrilled to be awarded.

“I think it is a very nice initiative by the town council and it is a pleasure to be a part of it.”