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© Simon Tutty Photography L to R - Colin Trussell - Sidmouth Folk Festival, Sarah Elghady - ACED

Art & Culture East Devon (ACED) has announced the winner of their inaugural ACED Volunteer of the Year award.

The award recognises a volunteer’s outstanding contribution to an arts / heritage organisation or festival and recognises the impact they have made to the East Devon cultural landscape.

Congratulations to the winner of the ACED Volunteer of the Year 2024 award:

Colin Trussell from Sidmouth Folk Festival.

The announcement was made at the ACED network's summer meeting at the Gateway Theatre, Seaton. Colin was honoured with a beautiful glass award, created by contemporary fused glass artist, Susan Purser Hope.

The shortlisted nominees were also recognised for their invaluable services to culture and heritage across East Devon:

  • Sherryl Allen – Thelma Hulbert Gallery
  • Dr Pamela Marino – Budleigh Music Festival
  • Judith & John Richards – Gateway Theatre
  • Jacky Stockhill – Exmouth Museum and Heritage Centre
  • Wendy van der Plank – Villages in Action

Colin Trussell commented,

"I'm genuinely astonished and humbled. I think the amount of effort and work that the other nominated volunteers have put in is so awe-inspiring.

I would like accept this on behalf of all volunteers not only the volunteers at Sidmouth Folk Festival, but all volunteers who give up their time. Without them, we just couldn't put on our arts and culture events.

To everyone who thought I was worthy of this award - thank you."

Sarah Elghady, ACED Cultural Producer said,

"We’re really pleased to offer this new award in recognition of the fantastic contribution volunteers make to the cultural sector across the district. They are absolutely the glue that hold our beloved East Devon festivals and events together – many of which would simply not happen without their invaluable support.

The range of nominations was so impressive. It was a difficult decision for the panel to make, given so many volunteers go above and beyond what is expected, but Colin’s consistent dedication to the Sidmouth Folk Festival over the last 30 years really is an outstanding commitment to celebrate."

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