Senior citizens were in the spotlight on Wednesday for giving decades of service to communities of the Tamworth region.
The Tamworth Regional Seniors Awards celebrated groups and individuals from Tamworth, Manilla, Barraba and Nundle.
"When you live alone, you can't just sit at home and do nothing," Tamworth's senior citizen of the year Suzanne Turner said. She shared the award with John Wallace.
Mrs Turner has been involved with 'News on Wheels' for more than 30 years, a service which puts news articles onto disks for people to listen to.
"When you get older ... you lose contact with the community, so what we're doing is trying to keep people in touch with their community and keep them interested in part of what happens," she said.
Mrs Turner has also been involved in drought relief through her church, volunteering at the Tamworth hospital's museum, and is the president of Tamworth Dementia Respite Service.
Robert Richardson took out Barraba Senior Citizen of the Year, and puts it down to one key thing.
"I just love my town, right from the very minute I drove in there ... 49 years ago. I just don't want to be anywhere else," he said.
Mr Richardson owns the caravan park in Barraba.
Maria Velt Kamp won the award for Nundle and Karel Saint nabbed it for Manilla.
Kable Avenue Indoor Bowls in Tamworth and GoCo Community Transport in Barraba won the group awards.