LOCAL heroes were celebrated for their valuable contributions to our town at the inaugural Stroud News and Journal Community Awards.

More than 100 Stroud residents gathered at the Stonehouse Court Hotel for a night of pictures, speeches and good food.

The awards ceremony was held to highlight and honour the work of those who go above and beyond to make Stroud a better place.

Thirteen awards were given out to some of the most dedicated and hard-working people across the Stroud community.

Categories included teacher of the year, business of the year and best community project.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Environmental Project of the Year – Stroud Valleys Project

Best Community Project  - Cotswolds Canals Trust

Diversity in the Community Award – Michael Lee Scott Jones

Teacher of the Year - Ruth Flood from Chalford Hill Primary School

Young Person of the Year – Josh Morrison

Sports Team or Club of the Year – Cainscross RFC minis

Best Customer Service – Made in Stroud

Best Eating Establishment or Bar of the Year – The Queen Vic

Best Independent Trader of the Year – Karibu

Best Volunteer or Fundraiser of the Year – Eric Torrington

New Business of the Year – Klang Tone Records

Business of the Year – Stroud Brewery 

The Outstanding Commitment to Stroud - Eric Torrington