HEXHAM’s Wentworth Leisure Centre was packed to capacity for the Sport Tynedale Awards on Sunday evening. 

More than 350 people were dressed to the nines in the main sports hall, which had been transformed into a glitzy venue for the occasion. 

The latest offering of the prestigious awards, which has been a mainstay for over 40 years, was a resounding success. 

BBC sports commentator John Murray, who grew up near Haydon Bridge, was on hand to present trophies and certificates to the individuals, teams, and coaches who were nominated in various categories.

He said: “It was an honour to be given the opportunity to come here, and to see the incredible array of sporting talent we have in this district.

“I am hugely passionate about sport, and after speaking to so many people here tonight, I am not the only one. This is a tremendous sporting area.”

Murray was joined on the Wentworth stage by former athlete Allison Curbishley, who is president of Sport Tynedale. 

Among the winners were the Tynedale Colts rugby team, which was crowned youth team of the year after an outstanding run to the final of last season’s National Colts’ Cup. 

The volunteer-led organisation exists to support the local sporting community, and recognises sporting achievement. 

Chairman Edward Heslop said: “It was a fantastic night which brought many of the district’s talented sports men, women, boys and girls together. 

“Everyone who stepped onto that stage was a worthy winner, regardless of whether they received a trophy, or a nomination certificate. It was great to celebrate their achievements.”

The ceremony included a presentation from the Northern SUP Race Club, a paddle board organisation based at Hexham’s Tyne Green. 

Founded in 2017, the club has gone from strength to strength.

The club and its successful race team, were nominated in two of the award categories. 

Full results, reports and photos at www.hexham-courant.co.uk