Saturday 14 July 2007
Presented Stockton on Tees annual care for your area awards today in Yarm. It was unusual to do something like this in the daytime as usually any awards I am involved in presenting are at nighttime, when people have had a few drinks, so I decided I needed to put some quotes into my script to break things up.
It was a pleasure to be asked to do this and some of the effort that local people had put in was first class. Some of the stories behind peoples efforts were quite emotional and it was a joy to see so many smiling faces.
I finished of in the afternoon by saying that if some people felt awkward or embarrassed about receiving their award then they should look to the American Actor Jack Benny for some words of comfort. Some years ago having received an award he responded by saying "I didn't really deserve to get this award, but then again I got arthritis and I didn't really deserve that either".