The red carpet treatment was given to our Basildon Heroes at a celebratory reception evening at the Towngate Theatre last week (Thursday 28 November) and hosted by the Mayor of Basildon.
As part of Basildon New Town’s 70th anniversary, Basildon Council and Eastgate Shopping Centre joined together to encourage people to nominate 70 Basildon Heroes who have been instrumental in the development of the new town over the past 70 years.
Our awarded heroes are individuals, businesses, community, voluntary, education, sports and cultural organisations – who have one thing in common – they have had a positive impact on our town and in our communities.
Following the reception, Councillor David Burton-Sampson, the Mayor of Basildon said:
“Congratulations to all our heroes. Celebrating the people that have made a significant contribution to the original vision for Basildon and played a big part in its development has been the ethos behind 70 Basildon Heroes.
“All the nominations came from our community, which I hope makes their award even more special. When you read the excerpt from the nominations that goes with each photograph, it is clear to see the positive impact and difference our heroes have made to people’s lives.
“I would also like to thank the Eastgate Shopping Centre for being our partners in this project and for celebrating our heroes with an exhibition in their shopping centre.”
Ian Clark, Centre Manager of Eastgate Shopping Centre added:
“Through our community charter, our aim is to generate tangible benefits for our community through a programme of specific projects and activities, and we were therefore delighted to join with Basildon Council in recognising 70 Basildon Heroes who have made a significant positive contribution to the local community that we are proud to be part of, and continue to work with.
“We are equally proud to host the exhibition, to showcase each and every one of our Basildon heroes, within the shopping centre.”
To meet our 70 Basildon Heroes, you can go to the first floor of the Eastgate Shopping Centre and view the photography exhibition or visit our website www.basildon.gov.uk/basildon70
You can also see photos from the Heroes reception evening on our facebook page www.facebook.com/basildonboroughcouncil