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At the end of May Solar Solve Marine joined forces with their local evening newspaper “The Shields Gazette” and were one of the main sponsors at the recent “Shields Gazette Sports Awards”.

The champagne evening reception was held at the Harton Sports and Technology College, and was a celebration of sporting excellence for South Tyneside. A wide variety of disciplines were represented including football, swimming, gymnastics and rugby, and the event paid tribute to sportsmen and women of South Tyneside, and showcased their hugely impressive range of skills and achievements some of which have been recognised at both national and international level.

 It was a fantastic evening for sport in South Tyneside and to hear of so many inspiring stories of dedication and achievement, and who knows some of those collecting awards on the night maybe the household sporting stars of the future.

 As the proud sponsor of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” it was left to M.D. Julie Lightfoot to announce and present the award to Mr. Brian Kirkley who was honored for his dedication to local athletics and his association with South Shields Harriers which began in 1961 as a club runner. Half a century later Brian who has encouraged generations of athletes has also covered just about every role within the club and is now the club chairman.

Company M.D. Julie Lightfoot is seen above presenting Brian Kirkley with his “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Meanwhile Operations Director Carl Johnson commented that it had always been Solar Solve Marine’s policy to both help and support the local community and the South Tyneside area, and were immensely proud to be a sponsor and acknowledge the accomplishments of the 2011 lifetime achievement award winner.

Top Image – Julie Lightfoot presents Brian Kirkley with his award.