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Since the inception of the Pride of South Tyneside Awards the people at Solar Solve Marine, the solar roller screen manufacturer based within the Port of Tyne, have been very impressed and absolutely amazed at the wealth of talent and selfless commitment that exists within our community.

We are very proud and honoured to have been involved from the start and especially delighted this year to have sponsored the Achieving Excellence award, which is something we always aim for.

The very worthy winner was Stevie Jay Fellows, 14, of South Shields, who was surprised and emotional as she was presented with the award by BBC Radio Newcastle’s Gilly Hope.

After a tough upbringing, Stevie is now helping keep kids on the straight and narrow, as a volunteer mentor with the Youth Inclusion Programme and she told Gazette reporter Angela Reed, “I was overwhelmed, because I didn’t expect to win.”

Her whole family are extremely proud of Stevie after her couple of difficult years and feel that she has lots of potential and will go far.

Solar Solve chairman John Lightfoot commented, “Achieving excellence is very hard work and we congratulate Stevie on her success not just in winning the award but in her personal achievements as well.”

He added, “In fact we congratulate all of the winners, finalists and entrants. Maybe everyone didn’t end up as an award winner but they did win a lot of publicity for their causes and most of all they made our community aware of what they do and made us proud to be part of South Tyneside.”

Top Image – Gilly Hope, centre with Solar Solve Directors John Lightfoot, Julie Lightfoot, Carl Johnson and Lilian Lightfoot at the Pride of South Tyneside Awards. Gilly presented 14 year old Stevie Jay Fellows with the Achieving Excellence Award, sponsored by Solar Solve Marine.