Date: 01 November 2013 at 08:52
This year’s Heritage Awards have recognised the work of two individuals and a local company, with two special commendations also given. The presentation took place on Thursday night at the Rock Hotel.
The Gibraltar Heritage Trust Awards are in their 20th year and ceremonies like Thursday night's, which are all about celebrating the work done by the community in restoring aspects of our heritage, are important to the Trust; they make its presence felt in the community and encourage people of all ages to get involved with the historical links and in essence, restore them.
The Trust's patron Governor Sir Adrian Johns was in attendance, as was the Minister for Culture Steven Linares. Two special commendations were presented at the ceremony at the Rock Hotel.
The first went to Mr and Mrs Tombolis for the refurbishment to the exterior of 6, 8 and 10 Irish Town, a building at the northern end of Irish Town which has seen air conditioning units, which defaced the façade, relocated out of site, windows correctly aligned and new windows and timber shutters installed.
And in an awards ceremony very much celebrating the past, here’s one to the future of heritage recognition, as for the first time an award was presented to a project in the digital world, with Neville Chipulina presented with a special commendation for his website: www.gibraltar-social-history.blogspot.com - The website contains articles on characters and events from Gibraltar’s history, providing a quality research tool on Gibraltar.
Casais Gibraltar Ltd were awarded the Group Heritage Award for the Harding’s Gun project at Harding’s battery Europa Point, which was added to the battery earlier this year. The project was co-funded by the Government, which saw research into, recreation and building of a carriage for the 12” RML that was missing from the recently renovated site.
Former PDP leader Nick Cruz was awarded the Individual Heritage Award for the extension and redevelopment of 19-21 Scud Hill, which preserves the historic streetscape. Works have included the remodelling of the back of the house and garden area.
Former Deputy Chief Minister Peter Montegriffo also received an Individual Heritage Award for the refurbishment and restoration of 1 Rosia Parade. This involved works to the property and its garden, the removal of an exterior garage that obscured the property allowing for entrance path and garden to be landscaped. Floors have been sanded, fireplaces restored and a number of alterations to the façade have brought the 18th Century building to its former glory.
No junior awards were presented this year but the Trust is still keen to get as many people, organisations, young and old involved in restoring heritage areas around the Rock.