BYC’s Musical Director Mat Wright has been honoured with the surprise ‘Special Award’ at tonight’s Proud of Barnsley Awards ceremony.
The award had been kept a secret, with only the organisers themselves knowing about it in advance. The award recognised the huge commitment that Mat gives to the choir since founding it five years ago with Keith Norton. In his acceptance speech, Mat paid tribute to Keith – who sadly passed away almost a year ago – citing him as the original driving force behind the choir. He also praised the unsung work done by the team of volunteers that help to keep the choir going.
Previous recipients of the Proud of Barnsley Special Award include former Barnsley FC footballer Bobby Hassell and actress Katherine Kelly.