This year’s Winners have been nominated for their work over the
last 25 years. They have continuously strived to encourage the
people of Barry and surrounding areas to keep their custom local
by promoting events and entertainment, and involving all the Traders,
local schools, and residents.
They have created a vibrant shopping area, which manages to
keep shop premises occupied quickly on those occasions when they
This year, after the Nominations had already been received,
the Winners have shown how resilient a team they are by coping
with the vandalized loss of equipment used to install the Christmas
Lights – and coping admirably, as The Show Must Always Go On.
The Lights are all in place, the next festive event is ready,
and of course everyone will be looking forward to the fantastic
display put on by this year’s worthy Winners.
The 2006 Business Ambassadors are …..High Street Traders.
Presenting the Business Ambassador Award, on behalf of the sponsors
Glamorgan Gem was Caroline Patuto.
This year’s Winners are a musical
theatre company who offer high quality amateur theatre to the
people of Barry and the Vale, and raise money for worthwhile causes,
whilst nurturing local talent.
During the past 12 months,
they have raised over £7,000 for local charities; they have entertained
at Barry Hospital fete and Amelia Trust Farm events; they sang
for elderly patients in Barry Hospital, and have just recently
staged “Joseph” in this very Memorial Hall theatre.
Their growing reputation has
received favourable recognition in the National Operatic and Dramatic
This organization contributes
in a positive way to the cultural life of our local community
and to the lives of talented individuals from Barry.
The organization has its roots
in Porthkerry Road Methodist Church and Windsor Road United Reform
Church, which is where it takes its’ name from.
The 2006 Cultural Ambassadors are………Pukka Productions.
This Award was presented by Pride In Barry President Gareth
This year’s Winner has been active in the community since 1985
to ensure community use of Barry Town Hall & Central Park.
Central Park is now restored and once again open to the public.
Barry Town Hall and Kings Square are now fully restored with a
wonderful state of the art Library which will open in the New
Year, and the Town Hall building will act as catalyst to attract
visitors and the local community back to Barry Town Centre.
The Winner has addressed many local groups encouraging people
to become involved in supporting efforts to improve Barry’s prospects,
and continues to lead the way in encouraging civic pride within
the main areas of Barry.
As well as being an active supporter of Pride In Barry, this
person also is secretary of Barry Citizens Action Group.
The 2006 Community Ambassador is………Dilys Colbourne.
This Award was presented by Graham Thelwell on behalf of sponsors
Newydd Housing Association.
This year’s Winner has raised the profile of Barry worldwide.
The Winner has been operating a website through his company, called
barrywales.co.uk on a purely voluntary basis for a number of years.
This enables Barrians from all over the globe to keep in touch
with their hometown.
Indeed, all the good luck messages received by Pride In Barry
over the last few months for tonight’s Ambassador Awards have
stemmed from this website.
It contains many seasonal pictures from all over the Town, as
well as archive pictures from Barry’s rich heritage. All the pictures
you will have seen within tonight’s presentation, and on the banners
on display have come from this website.
The 2006 International Ambassador is……Steve Williams of
Park I.T. Consultancy.
This Award was presented by Pride In Barry Chair Paul Haley.
This year’s Winner has recognised the importance of event-led
tourism and established an annual event that continues to grow.
It is now an important part of the Barry events calendar, and
is a showpiece event that reunites Barry with its past heritage,
through a Waterfront Festival.
Tall Ships, open to the public, now once again grace the dockside,
and visitors are being attracted in large numbers to see a rejuvenated
Waterfront, and listen to local bands, taste local foods, enjoy
local attractions, within a pleasant regenerated environment.
The Winner has led the way with a great Barry event which will
continue to grow, and has wetted the appetite for more events.
This is a real team effort in organizational terms.
The 2006 Tourism Ambassador is…..the Vale of Glamorgan
This Award was presented by Pride In Barry Deputy Chair &
Treasurer Paul Goodwin.
This year’s Winner is no stranger to winning within their chosen
This person is an International athlete, who has made a huge
impact in their sport. He competed in the 2002 Commonwealth Games
in Manchester. Still a teenager, he took part in the European
Junior Championships where he won gold in 2003.
Specialising in the 1,500 metres freestyle, he competed in the
2004 Olympics in Athens, where he took the bronze medal in a time
of 14:45.95 (a British and European record), the European Championships
in 2004 and the World Championships in 2005 where he also took
He won the gold medal in the 1,500 metre freestyle and the bronze
medal in the 400 metre freestyle for Wales at the 2006 Commonwealth
Games in Melbourne. He was the first non-Australian to win the
1500m freestyle race in the Commonwealth Games since 1954! And
to top it off, he was the first Welshman to win a swimming gold
in 32 years.
He has now become a well known icon and is the new face of Speedo.
A search of the internet revealed numerous references to this
person as ….”the well-known International Swimmer from Barry”.
The 2006 Youth Ambassador is……David Davies.
more to follow soon.....