Award honours Yorkshire heritage heroes

An East Yorkshire couple have been honoured for their dedication in saving historic buildings with a national award.

Julie and Howard Duckworth at the Lowther Hotel, Goole.
Julie and Howard Duckworth at the Lowther Hotel, Goole.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the judges, praised the “inspirational” winners at the event at the Historic England Angel Awards in London.

Among those recognised were husband and wife team Julie and Howard Duckworth from Goole, who won the Best Rescue of a Heritage Site accolade for their efforts to restore empty properties, including the Lowther Hotel.

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Mr Duckworth said: “All the buildings were derelict and weeks away from being pulled down. We just want to put Goole on the map - the community has been amazing.”

Son Rik Duckworth said: “The voting came from Australia, Florida and California. It’s for the work my parents have done but it’s also for the massive community spirit as well.

“Ten years ago Goole wasn’t in a great place, but now it has culture and I think my parents have played a large part in it.”

Heritage minister Tracey Crouch said: ““These awards celebrate the inspirational people who have worked so hard to preserve our nation’s heritage and who encourage others to get involved.

“Heritage tells us so much about the nation’s history and the Angel Awards recognises the fantastic projects that ensure it can be seen and understood by people for many years to come.”