Pride of Britain Awards 2021: Vicky Pattison and Katherine Ryan among red carpet stars

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Katherine Ryan  (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Katherine Ryan (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

A host of celebrities walked the red carpet ahead of the Pride of Britain Awards.

Recipients will be recognised for their bravery and courage during the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Comedian Katherine Ryan, television star Vicky Pattison and actress Catherine Tyldesley were among the first to arrive at the star-studded event.

They were joined by singer Anne-Marie, presenters Kirsty Gallacher and Rochelle Humes, and Olympian Sir Mo Farah.

More than 150 famous faces, including the Prince of Wales, Ant and Dec, Joanna Lumley and Holly Willoughby are set to join this year’s winners to celebrate their heroism and bravery.

On Saturday night, apart-time firefighter who risked his life to save a teenager who fell into the icy depths of a lake is among those who will be honoured at the annual awards

Catherine Tyldesley (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Catherine Tyldesley (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Thirteen-year-old Kacper Krauze had been trying to swim across the River Eden in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, in February 2019 when he sank to the bottom and was rescued by Appleby fire and rescue crew manager Stephen Warton.

The 53-year-old went against protocol and took off his safety gear to save Kacper, who had been submerged for 25 minutes.

Mr Warton will be awarded the This Morning emergency services award during Saturday night’s event at Grosvenor House in London.

Anne-Marie (PA)
Anne-Marie (PA)

Also among the winners are Hughie Higginson, 10, and Freddie Xavi, 11, who raised more than £200,000 after Hughie was diagnosed with leukaemia.

The special recognition award will go to Gee Walker, 67, from Liverpool, to commemorate her devotion to promoting racial harmony.

Her son, Anthony Walker, was killed in a racist murder in Merseyside in 2005.

Sir Mo Farah (PA)
Sir Mo Farah (PA)

Since then, his mother has worked to forgive his killers, and a year after his death founded the Anthony Walker Foundation to combat racism.

Host Carol Vorderman said the awards make you want to be a better person.

She said: “My favourite part of the awards are the winners and how happy they are that they’re being celebrated.

Vicky Pattison (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Vicky Pattison (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

“These incredible people make you want to be a better person. And even though everyone says how much it makes them cry, it is a celebration too, of all the truly extraordinary things they have done.”

Host Ashley Banjo told the PA news agency he is looking forward to the event. He will join Carol Vorderman at the helm for the first time this year.

He said: “I’m feeling good, really excited. I don’t take any event for granted. The last time we did Pride of Britain we had no audience so it’s nice to be back. It feels good

“I’m looking forward to it. I had the butterflies but we did rehearsal and it feels fine and I’ll be in a room full of people that I have the privilege of talking to.”

Hollywood star Sharon Stone is presenting an award.

Sharon Stone (left) and Hannah Waddingham (PA)
Sharon Stone (left) and Hannah Waddingham (PA)

She said: “It’s really amazing and these stories are so touching and capture what people have been through.”

Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard was on this year’s judging panel, a role he described as “humbling”.

He said: I’m very excited to have the awards properly. It’s a very different event to last year when it was virtual. Susanna (Reid) and I are presenting the fundraiser of the year award and we are excited about that.

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster (PA)
Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster (PA)

“I sat on the judging panel this year which was a tough and incredible experience. It was a very humbling experience.”

Reid added: “I’m really excited. It’s absolutely lovely and so inspirational. It’s a lovely evening and I’m looking forward to meeting the winners too.”

The Pride of Britain Awards will be broadcast on ITV on November 4 at 8pm.

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