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Local legend crowned at Peak FM star-studded Local Hero Awards

Chesterfield’s record breaking pensioner Jack Reynolds has been presented with a lifetime achievement award at Peak FM’s Local Hero Awards 2017 in a glitzy ceremony headlined by pop stars and a selection of incredible Local Heroes.

The Great Grandfather, as featured on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, became the oldest person ever to ride a roller coaster earlier this year and also holds the world record for the oldest person ever to have gotten a tattoo and he was the oldest person to take on the Ice bucket challenge.  Good Morning Britain covered this year’s Local Hero Awards on their website, shining the spotlight on Chesterfield.

Jack’s daughter Jayne Goodwin paid tribute to her dad saying:-

“He is an inspiration and a hero. Despite his age he continues to live life to the full and loves to get out and about. He is a proper star and his spirit is something that rubs off.”

Every challenge that Jack takes on is in the name of a charity. He’s raised thousands of pounds for different causes and he claims to be the oldest fundraiser in the UK.

Jack said:-

“It’s a great honour to be recognised in this way. My secret to feeling young is to have a drop of whiskey in my cup of tea every morning and every night.”

Hosted this year by Peak FM’s Cat and Ricky, The Local Hero Awards are held annually to showcase outstanding, caring and selfless people of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire. Video messages from Olly Murs and Alesha Dixon opened the show and led to live performances from Britain’s Got Talent stars Mersey Girls.  Sheffield’s Britain’s Got Talent finalist Kyle Tomlinson got a standing ovation for his emotive rendition of Nessun Dorma. JLS star Aston Merrigold provided an uplifting close to the show which was followed by a selection of party songs played by Peak FM presenter James Summers.

Winners at this year’s Local Hero awards included Local Hero of the Year which went to the extremely brave Imogen Ellis, who at the age of 15 lost her leg to cancer; Molly Baker-Hunt won Child or Teenager of Courage after showing extraordinary strength while Ron Gains who runs the Unstone post office with his wife Jayne was awarded Adult of Outstanding Bravery after undergoing lifesaving surgery.

Tim Smith, Peak FM Content Controller, said:-

“The sheer goodwill and determination of people can really take you back and that’s why we pull out all the stops to make this annual event so special.  It’s always an uplifting night of heart-warming stories, great live music and fantastic food as we celebrate the Local Heroes of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.”

The full list of winners can be seen at here.

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