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Found 31st Oct 2016
Pride of Britain will be on TV on Tuesday

Inspiring stories of heroes that embody the best of the UK

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Our winners include children facing daunting adversity, inspirational campaigners, members of the emergency services who went beyond the call of duty, and people who displayed awe-inspiring courage to save other
They come from different walks of life, from every part of the country and range in age from eight to 80.

But the winners of the 2016 Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, share a spirit that embodies all that is best about our nation.

Our winners include children facing daunting adversity, inspirational campaigners, members of the emergency services who went beyond the call of duty, and people who displayed awe-inspiring courage to save others.

Tonight we celebrate their achievements at London’s Grosvenor House, along with Prince Charles, the Prime Minister and more than 100 of our best-loved stars, including Hollywood icons, music superstars, TV favourites, sporting legends and top politicians.

The Awards will be screened tomorrow (Tuesday November 1) at 8pm on ITV.



Celebrated as Britain’s hardest-working man, Billy carries out 20 jobs to keep his remote community thriving, almost single-handed.

His five decades of service to North Ronaldsay, the northernmost Orkney island, has stopped the Scottish outpost grinding to a halt.

Billy’s roles have included airport worker, firefighter and tour guide.

And the grandfather, 68, has no plans to retire as he keeps life going for the community’s 50 residents.

He volunteers for most of his jobs, which include airport baggage handler, electrician, builder, rubbish collector and shepherd.

Billy is also a member and former chairman of the North Ronaldsay Trust and director at Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust.

He has been lighthouse keeper for 47 years and takes guided tours of the beacon, regularly scaling the 176 steps to the top.

Billy says. “The community relies very heavily on the air service. To keep that going you need lots of tourists to use it as well as the island’s population.

“With the lighthouse, it’s one of few in Scotland that’s open to the public.” Billy’s work included leading the team that raised £1.2million to renovate the attraction, which became automated in 1998.

“I’ve spent most of my life in the lighthouse service, that means a lot to me,” he says. “As long as I keep fit and healthy I’ve no plans to retire.”

Billy, who has two daughters, adds: “We’re a very close-knit community and we rely on each other all the time to keep the island going. The sheep are a major part of that because it takes the whole island to round them up.”

Wife Isobel, 76, jokes: “I would like him to be doing more work around here.” But she adds: “I’ve often wondered where the island would be if he didn’t do all those jobs.”

Reading the title I thought this was another brexit thread X)

Never mind the inspiring stories of heroes, what's important here is Carol Vorderman's plastic face continues to get associated with the words Pride of Britain.
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