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Gold stars go to youth volunteers

Active pensioner Dave Edmunds has been presented with a top Lifetime Achievement award for his work channelling the aggression of young people.

Dave, who is in his 70s, has been working with young people at the Yeovil Amateur Boxing Club for 50 years.

He was presented with the award at the South Somerset District Council Gold Star Awards, held at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. The awards are held to recognise people who dedicate their lives to work with young people.

Dave, who says he still runs 10 miles once a week, works at the club in an aim to encourage young people to use their aggression in the gym instead of out on the streets.

Hundreds of people turned up at the awards ceremony to see six awards handed out to members of the public.

Sarah Cooke was presented with the female volunteer of the year award for organising activities for youngsters in Keinton Mandeville and Matt Follain was given the male volunteer of the year award for his work in Ilminster and the at the South West Black Belt Academy.

Josh Aldridge won the young volunteer of the year award for his work at the Ham Hill Country Park, Ilchester Youth Council received the voluntary service of the year award and Martock Youth Council gained the voluntary group of the year award.

Steve Barnes, young people’s officer at the council, said: “The atmosphere was incredible with some really stunning, heartfelt performances from the young people themselves as a personal thank you.

“Without these dedicated volunteers the youth clubs, activities and competitions would not be possible. They add so much to the community.”

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