Sheffield pensioner John Burkhill, resplendent in the wig which he is famous for

Yesterday evening the Pride of Britain Awards 2012 took place at Grosvenor House in London, honouring the brave and selfless people of Great Britain.

Calendar’s viewers voted Sheffield pensioner John Burkhill as their ‘Local Hero’. He is best known for his unusual style of fund raising – pushing a pram through the streets in a bright green wig! He has also run over 800 marathons and has raised £160,000 for McMillan Cancer Support. Unfortunately he just missed out on winning the Nation’s Local Hero Award, which went to Anne and Terry Panks, who have opened their own home to over 1,000 homeless men in 32 years. After the ceremony he commented: “We’re sorry we didn’t win for Yorkshire but it’s terrific, and I think Terry and Anne deserved to win. It was a great, great honour to be here.”

Jack Carroll with Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Mel C, plus funny-man Alan Carr

Primetime cameraman Simon White spent yesterday evening with Calendar’s Mark Witty and Dan Harris, and all the nominees and celebrities. Calendar had exclusive access and their material is being fed to all the ITV regional news programmes today.  Amongst those they interviewed was Yorkshire teenager Jack Carroll, who won the ‘Teenager of Courage’ Award. Flanked by the Spice Girls and Alan Carr, he was asked how he’d enjoyed it: “Mad really, really mental. You know, I’m adjusting slowly. It’s a bit mad, but it’s been good fun.” Pressed further about how the night had gone he added: “It’s not digging roads. It’s just me going ‘ooh aah’ and then everyone going ‘aaaah ooh’, and that’s basically the long and the short of it”, to which Alan Carr jovially retorted: “How’s that going to look written down in the paper?”.

Simon and Calendar's Dan Harris interview Nicola Scherzinger

The Calendar team recorded many stars of stage and screen including Robbie Williams, Ian McKellan, Amanda Holden, Jon Bon Jovi, Emma Bunton, Melanie C, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, Myleene Klass, Lincolnshire X Factor star Ella Henderson and many more. But the real stars of the night are those that were being honoured with the awards, and the many more unsung heroes throughout Great Britain whose efforts go largely unnoticed.  For them, this programme is being aired tonight. We hope you tune in to celebrate their magnificent efforts.

Find out more by visiting the Calendar News blog for Pride of Britain 2012.  For more information about the Pride of Britain winners visit And make sure you tune in to ITV1 tonight at 8pm to watch – but if you miss it you can visit ITV Player online.

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