Five local heroes are honoured on Teesside on Wednesday for making their community a better place.
The Middlesbrough Citizen of the Year Award goes to Sven McLean for 30 years voluntary service to a youth club.
There are special commendations for Liz Chambers, who set up a military parades association, and William Meli who works in schools and with asylum seekers.
Les Fawcett, chair of the community councils, and head teacher Bob Eastwood receive the Mayor's award.
The awards were being presented by Mayor Ray Mallon at the annual council meeting.
Citizen of the Year, Sven McLean, was nominated by the manager of the Joe Walton youth club, Hazel Morris.
'Pillar of support'
She said: "Everyone says that Joe Walton's would not be the same without Sven. He's a legend round here.
"He puts a huge amount into the centre and asks for very little return."
Liz Chambers works closely with service organisations to ensure that events like Remembrance Day are celebrated appropriately.
Described as a pillar of support to the local community, Bob Eastwood is the first point of contact for support and advice for refugees in Middlesbrough, and is also a voluntary street warden.
Les Fawcett has been at the forefront of the drive to cut crime in the town centre, and helped get alleygates installed.
One of head teacher Bob Eastwood's success stories is the Abingdon Steel Band, a group of talented youngsters who now play at events all over the region.