The winners of the 2020 East Riding of Yorkshire Council Chairman’s Awards have been revealed in a digital ceremony.

The annual event celebrates individuals, businesses, building projects and community groups which have made a significant contribution to improving life in the East Riding.

Bridlington Spa usually hosts the ceremony, but because of the COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s winners were crowned during a virtual event shown live on the council’s social media channels.

Driffield RUFC Ladies Team started just over three years ago.  Starting with a small number of local women keen to learn to play rugby, the team has gone from strength to strength over the last three seasons.

In 2018-19 the team entered RFU’s National Challenge 2 North East League with other teams from across Yorkshire and the North East, and the ladies finished third in the table.  In 2019-20 they were unbeaten winners of National Challenge 2 – North East.

Council chairman Councillor Pat Smith was joined by BBC Look North’s Clare Frisby to announce who had taken the honours from a strong set of shortlists, made up of nominations from members of the public.

Councillor Smith said: “Although the event had to be online, I can assure you that it remains one of the most important annual occasions in the council’s diary, and for me personally as well.

“The event is our chance to thank and to honour those people all across the East Riding – businesses and organisations large and small – who contribute a huge amount, and often go the extra mile, to promote the area as a great place in which to work and to live.

“During my term of office as chairman, it is a constant source of pleasure and pride for me to see all those people who work so hard within their local communities to make the East Riding the very special place we all know it to be.”

“These awards continue to reflect the unique community spirit of our local area, and the efforts made by so many.”

For more information or to submit a nomination go to