A memorable evening at the Tendring Youth Awards 2021

20 October 2021

Harwich Haven Authority were the headline sponsor at this year’s Tendring Youth Awards, in partnership with Essex County Council and Tendring District Council.

On Tuesday 19 October Harwich Haven Authority’s CEO, Neil Glendinning attended a glittering presentation evening at the Princes Theatre, Clacton, to celebrate young people from Harwich and Dovercourt who demonstrate determination and passion for their community. Guests included the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst.

“I always look forward to attending the Tendring Youth Awards presentation evening,” says Neil Glendinning. “The passion, enthusiasm and professionalism of everyone involved in the organisation of the event is highly commendable.

“The achievements of the young people nominated was even more remarkable because many of them have their own challenges to deal with. Listening to their stories was both humbling and inspirational. We often hear about the bad things young people become involved with, but I’m happy to report that young people living in Tendring are working really hard to make the world a better place.”

The comprehensive evening programme also provided young performers the opportunity to showcase their talents in dance, singing and acting.

In addition to sponsoring the overall event, Harwich Haven Authority championed two specific awards categories – Community Improvement and Unsung Hero. The latter category was won by local Dovercourt hero Jay Barham who runs a sweet treats outlet near Earlham’s Beach. His business is very much a social enterprise and he has raised thousands of pounds for both local and national charities. In addition, Jay also supports teenagers with complex needs by offering them opportunities to learn new skills and gain formal qualifications within his business.

The full list of winners can be found here.


Left: Community Improvement Award winner, Elsie Pryer (age 9) put her running shoes on during lockdown to raise money for a bridge building project in Ghana. Elsie was also presented with a cheque for £250 to support her fundraising activities.
Right: Harwich Haven Authority’s CEO, Neil Glendinning with Unsung Hero, Jay Barham.