Houghton Regis Town Council honoured the people who go the extra mile at the Pride of Houghton Awards on Wednesday night (October 9).
Hosted at All Saints Academy, prizes were given to a number of residents who go ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ in their community.
Prizes were given to Julie Cawthorne for her contributions to Memorial Hall, Patrick Fill for his gardening volunteering work and Jean Robson for helping disabled people.
Pat Lovering was given a special award for her ongoing contributions to local history and her ever-growing collection of historic photographs.
She said: “It was a fabulous evening, and an enormous surprise, I was speechless – which is not like me!
“I was astonished, because it’s just been a pleasure to do what I do. Houghton is so old and people don’t realise how important it once was.
“But you’d be surprised at the surge in interest in local history. We’re learning new things all the time.”
An award was also presented to the Houghton Regis helpers, a community support group set up to help neighbours with day-to-day tasks.
Pam Gill – who nominated the Helpers – said: “Houghton Regis Helpers give their time, energy and experience, selflessly to the community. Well deserved.”
Winners were presented with a framed certificate and £100 by Houghton Regis mayor Peter Williams.