Visit Peak District & Derbyshire's Excel Tourism Awards

PUBLISHED: 13:47 26 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:06 20 February 2013

Visit Peak District & Derbyshire's Excel Tourism Awards

Visit Peak District & Derbyshire's Excel Tourism Awards

The most recent prestigious county awards to be established were celebrated at a glittering presentation ceremony hosted by Chatsworth

The most recent prestigious county awards to be established were celebrated at a glittering presentation ceremony hosted by Chatsworth. Visit Peak"District &"Derbyshires Excel awards have been instituted to highlight and reward heroes of the local tourism industry.

Around 170 guests packed the Carriage House Restaurant for a memorable evening, which began with the presentation of a special Lifetime Achievement Award to Her Grace the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire for her major contribution to tourism. The Dowager Duchess, who celebrates her 90th birthday at the end of March, was clearly delighted to receive the award, acknowledging the key role played by her late husband as well as the hard-working, committed team behind the scenes at Chatsworth.

The Duke of Devonshire added, My mother is a very worthy recipient, thanks to her tireless efforts, over more than half a century, to promote Chatsworth and Derbyshire, and the enthusiastic way in which she welcomed so many people to this wonderful part of the world.

David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, commented, It was a pleasure to pay tribute to the influential role of the Dowager Duchess and the late 11th Duke as ambassadors for Chatsworth, the Peak District and Derbyshire, as well as rewarding some of the many talented and dedicated people currently working in tourism across the area

A champagne reception in the Carriage House was followed by a delicious meal that included Chatsworth Estate-reared lamb. Supporters of the event included Chatsworth,Derbyshire Economic Partnership, category sponsors, Irongate Group, Thornbridge Brewery and Charlottes Chocolates.

Outstanding Customer Care (sponsor Clear Black Wine Company): Trevor Willdig, Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel. Nominees: Dominic Ainsworth (East Lodge); Carly Montisci (The Maynard)
Young Manager of the Year (sponsor Derbyshire Economic Partnership (DEP)): Charlotte Spivey, The Maynard, Grindleford. Nominees: Andrew Dear (Breadsall Priory); Paul Kaye (Gullivers Kingdom)
Young Chef of the Year (sponsor University of Derby Buxton): Veronica Dixon, Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel. Nominees: Alex Ballard (Cathedral Quarter Hotel); Peter Lawrence (Jurys Inn); Jessica Longdon (University of Derby Buxton)
Most Promising Student (sponsor University of Derby Buxton): Louise Reeves, The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton. Nominees: Tom Bates (University of Derby Buxton); Emma Waring (Whirlowbrook Hall)
Most Promising Trainee (sponsor Derby College): Tim Turner, The National Trust (Hardwick Hall, near Chesterfield). Nominees: Chris Buckley (Monsal Head Hotel); Alex Nicholson (The Maynard)
Tourism Young Achiever (sponsor Sounds Commercial): Oliver Brown, Bluebell Dairy, Derby. Nominee: Kerry Rawson (Cathedral Quarter Hotel)
Volunteer of the Year (sponsor Derbyshire Times Group): Alan Barber, Crich Tramway Village. Nominees: Emma Waring (Whirlow-brook Hall); Linda Wilkins (National Trust)
Team of the Year (sponsor DEP): Gullivers Kingdom, Matlock Bath. Nominees: Buxton"Festival; Friends of Heage Windmill
Unsung Hero (sponsor CW Sellors): Brian Gammon, East Lodge Hotel. Nominees Elaine Blake (Devonshire Arms); Jane Hitchman (The Maynard)
Outstanding Contribution to Tourism (sponsor Camping and Caravanning Club): John Coulson, formerly of English Heritage, now at Heights of Abraham. Nominees Felicity Brown (Hoe Grange Holidays); Louise Potter (No 6 The Square).

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