Joining us again to compere the Gala Awards Ceremony is Dave Sharpe, a Warwick resident and presenter on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. We caught up with Dave to ask him a few questions about his involvement – he’s part 1 of our interview…

It’s great to have you back for the 2014 Gala Awards Ceremony. What was your favourite moment from the 2013 Awards?

That’s a really tough question to answer because there we so many highlights. There was a terrific atmosphere at the event and it was clear everyone had a great time. I thought it was really generous of Chris White MP to delay a major appointment so he could join us, and I was especially impressed by the entertainment – I didn’t know there were so many talented people living in the area?! But, of course, it’s always wonderful to see the look on a winner’s face when their name is announced. They truly are golden moments.

Compere Dave Sharpe
Compere Dave Sharpe in 2013 [Photo: Stephanie Colledge]
We’re often amazed by the achievements of the individuals nominated for the awards. What can we learn from their spirit and commitment?

I wish there were more people like them – they’re an inspiration. If everyone in the community gave just one hour of their time each week to a good cause I think the world would be a better place. What’s more, it’s proven that carrying out acts of kindness can have all sorts of personal benefits – you actually feel better as a person when you do something worthwhile for others.

I think the nominees also show you can live a full and enriched life by volunteering. So many people work hard to buy things they don’t really need, yet I’m sure they’d feel more satisfied and content knowing they’d given something back to society.

The people I met at the gala ceremony were full of enthusiasm for what they do. They have such a positive outlook and show commitment, resilience and passion. These are such brilliant qualities to see in a person… we should all aspire to achieve them.

We couldn’t agree more! Thanks to Dave for taking the time to do this with us, and check back soon for part 2.

The Gala Awards Ceremony is on Friday 26 September at Bridge House Theatre, Warwick School. Doors 7:00pm for a 7:30 start. Tickets are on sale now direct from the Bridge House Theatre box office, online HERE and in person at the theatre. Tickets are £12 adults, £10 concession or £5 under 16.


Meet the compere… pt1