BARRHEAD’S unsung heroes got the chance to take centre stage as the town hosted a glittering awards ceremony.

The second annual All About Barrhead Awards took place at the Dalmeny Park House Hotel on Friday night, hosted by television presenter Jean Johansson.

Organised by Barrhead’s Business Improvement District (BID), the event was an opportunity to recognise those people who help to make the town a positive place.

Nine awards were presented, with community stalwart Rena McGuire collecting the headline prize as she was named the Barrhead Star.

Rena, who has spent years helping to improve the lives of her fellow Barrhead residents, received a standing ovation as she collected her award.

She said: “I’m so chuffed.”

The All About Barrhead Award, in honour of an individual or organisation that is doing great work within the town, went to Annmarie Strain for her efforts with the Incahootz drama group and Parent Network Scotland.

Nicola McGowan, of The Firs Care Home, was named Employee of the Year, while the Young Person of the Year Award went to Elise Kelly.

Other winners included DIY Dunterlie, which was named Initiative of the Year; The Market Place at Voluntary Action, which collected the Impact in the Community prize; the Tesco store in Kelburn Street, which was voted National Business of the Year by members of the public; and the Barrhead Foundry, which won the Customer Excellence category.

It was also a good night for funeral firm D. Moodie & Co, which won the Independent Business of the Year prize.

Andy Dunlop, BID manager, said: “We really wish we could give everyone an award, as we had some amazing nominations for all categories.”

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