Pride of Meltham Awards: Town council honours two more locals for outstanding achievements
Jan 1 2011 by Nick Lavigueur, Hudd Sat
HARD working Meltham folk have been honoured for their work in the community.
Two more villagers have been given the Pride of Meltham award by Meltham Town Council.
They are top theatre director John Tiffany and mountain rescue stalwart Barry Gregory.
The latest awards bring the total number of locals honoured this to year seven.
John, a former Honley High School pupil, was selected for his outstanding achievements in Scottish and international theatre, demonstrated by his repertoire of remarkable productions.
He is currently associate director of the National Theatre of Scotland and his recent productions The Bacchae and Black Watch have achieved international acclaim.
The Bacchae, which was part of the 2007 Edinburgh International Film Festival, featured Alan Cumming in his first stage role in Scotland for 17 years. It toured Scotland before transferring to New York in the summer 2008.
Black Watch, John's previous work, remains the ‘must see’ show of recent British theatre.
It was premiered as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006 and was an instant success. Its shows have sold-out across Scotland and in Los Angeles, New York and Sydney.
John is currently working at the prestigious Harvard University in the USA on a research project.
Barry Gregory has been in the mountain rescue services for 45 years.
He has been team leader, and chairman of Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team and chairman and controller of the Peak District Mountain Rescue organisation. He has also helped out Holme Valley Team when required.
Over the years he has helped rescue several people from the Meltham area.
He was awarded the Examiner Commendation Award for emergency services in 2000 and the MBE in 2009.
The five other award winners for 2010 were Laurie Minney for services to the Scouts, Michael Pogson for services to local sports, Darren Baker for contribution to the arts, and Jack Manchester and Stewart Fawcett, both for their contributions to Meltham and Meltham Mills bands.