Citizen of Gloucester 2013 award winners announced
TWO of Gloucester's brightest and best have been commended for their contribution to the city.
Reyaz Limalia, from Barton, has been named Citizen of Gloucester 2013 for almost a decade of tireless voluntary work.
And Liza Hadley, from Hucclecote, has been chosen as Gloucester Young Person of the Year.
They were revealed as the winners on Friday at a ceremony in the city council's newly-refurbished Civic Suite.
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Reyaz was chosen for his work as chairman of GymNation.
It helps hundreds of people through thriving community projects including the Friendship Cafe and St James City Farm.
The 36-year-old, who has a Masters degree in aeronautical engineering, said: "I feel really honoured but slightly embarrassed."
He was nominated by Haroon Kadodia who said: "He stands out like a beacon and we need to share the light with everybody."
Reyaz was handed his award by mayor Councillor David Brown who said: "Gloucester is blessed with a lot of people who are generous with their time and this is a way to recognise that."
Liza was nominated by proud mum Dilys Hadley.
Award sponsor Chris Witts spoke of the tough times ahead for young people in the city and the need to champion their good work.
Liza is a senior prefect at Chosen Hill School and has been involved with her local Rainbow, Brownie and Guide groups for several years.
The 16-year-old also helps run archery sessions for disadvantaged children and adults with disabilities at Deer Park Archers.
Liza said: "I'm delighted.
"I believe life is what you make it and I have always liked to keep busy."
Both winners received a trophy, certificate and £100 of Tesco vouchers.
The evening was compered by The Citizen's editor Ian Mean who asked guests to applaud all the nominees.
He said: "We have got all sorts of people here tonight who contribute to Gloucester in unsung ways."