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Stars salute heroes at Pride Of Britain Awards

March 15, 2004
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Some of the world's top talent gathered in London for the Pride Of Britain awards on Monday night to help celebrate the triumphs of everyday heroes in the UK.

Carol Vorderman hosted the star-studded event, during which the Duchess of York, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Diana Ross, Jodie Kidd and Michael Owen heard inspirational stories which sometimes brought the famous guests to tears.

Boy band Blue honoured ten-year-old Dolly McCarthy, who has been in a wheelchair since being hit by a lorry, because of her successful quest to take her first steps after being told she would never walk again.

Sir Richard Branson saluted an RAF helicopter crew who saved sailors from a burning ship, and Michael Owen handed an award to Audrey Flash, who volunteers to transport Birmingham kids to allow them to participate in sports activities.

"It's a fantastic evening because there are so many things bad and difficult in this world," said Prime Minister Tony Blair. "Yet these people are selfless, rather than selfish… They triumphed over incredible odds. They make us realise that the one thing about the human spirit is we never give up."

The Pride Of Britain awards will be screened on ITV Tuesday night at 9pm.

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With cascading locks and a jewelled choker, the Duchess of York was one of the glamorous guests paying tribute to unsung heroesPhoto: © PAy
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England footballer Michael Owen was among the top names from the world of sport Photo: © PA

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