Staffordshire heroes were recognised for their talent and dedication at the eighth annual 6 Towns Radio awards.
The event was held at the Mitchell Arts Centre on Sunday 17 February, where 18 awards were handed out.
Each year, presenters Dan Townley and Terry Bossons create a comedy-skit video tape to welcome the crowd.
As award presenters, sponsors, nominees and special guests took their seats in the auditorium, a “First Dates” spoof clip played, where Dan desperately looked for a new mate to present with.
Unfortunately for Dan, he just can’t seem to get rid of Terry, but the audience wouldn’t have them any other way. Even John Challis who plays ‘Boycie’ in Only Fools and Horses describes them at “Stoke-on-Trent’s answer to Delboy and Rodney”.
To kick off the night, Dan Budd performed his tribute act as Robbie Williams, performing Heavy Entertainment Show, Angels and a cover of Sweet Caroline that Dan and Terry gatecrashed.
During the first half, 10 awards were handed out, from Rising Star to Oatcake Shop of the Year and Honorary Stokie.
Poet, Nick Degg, from Newcastle-under-Lyme performed his regionally famous poem on Stoke-on-Trent, as well as his infamously hilarious piece on crisps, which was followed by a performance by The Pound Shop Boys.
After the interval, Dan joined us back on stage as internet sensation Baby Shark, swiftly followed by Terry, dressed as Theresa May (bra, sandals and painted toenails included) dancing to Dancing Queen by ABBA.
The audience were rescued by a performance from Staffordshire indie band Faraday, who were nominated for Local Single of the Year with Silly Little Dream.
The remaining eight awards were presented by MPs Ruth Smeeth and Gareth Snell, BBC Radio Stoke’s Rob Adcock and Robbie Williams’ dad, Pete Conway.
Awards and winners:
Honorary Stokie – Lou Macari
Rising Star– Lori Jones-Pullin
Special Recognition – David Barnes
Takeaway of the Year – Milton Chippy
The Errol Yorke Port Vale Player of the Year – Scott Brown
Community Champion – Carol Shanahan
The Gordon Banks Stoke City Player of the Year – Joe Allen
Services to Port Vale Football Club – Steve Speed
Honorary Stokie – John Rudge
Oatcake Shop of the Year – Six Towns Oatcakes
6TR Hall of Fame – Ian White
Pub of the Year – Artisan Tap
Charity of the Year – De Caversmill Theatre Co
Restaurant of the Year – Amore
Services to Local Music – Chris Hollingworth
Tribute Act of the Year – Dan Budd as Robbie Williams
Local Music Act of the Year – Emily Lockett
Best Local Single – Honey – If The Queen Only Knew
Closing the show was Rising Star winner, 16-year-old Lori Jones-Pullin, who performed a cover by Adele, 2002 by Anne-Marie and an original track from her upcoming EP, proving exactly why she won her award.
For more information about the awards ceremony, visit the 6 Towns Radio Facebook page.