TRAFFORD came together last week in celebration of some of the area's inspirational women.

Hosted by Cllr Joanne Harding, the Trafford International Women's Day Awards were at Flixton Girls' School on Friday, March 4.

In total, eight women were recognised for their achievements after more than 50 nominations.

The awards also heard from two students at Flixton Girls' School, Jayah Montrose-Walklet and Maysem Alkhfaji, who spoke about the inspirational women in their lives, the importance of International Women's Day and the struggles women still experience.

Cllr Harding said: "It's so important to celebrate the brilliant achievements of women. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #BreakTheBias, and I recognise we've a way to go, but some Trafford women are already leading the charge."

She added: "It was such a huge pleasure to host the event at Flixton Girls' School. This was the perfect venue as I wanted the girls at the school to meet some of our incredible Trafford women. The students are after all our women of the future."

Among those recognised were Joan Hibberd, a mother-of-six with 30 grandchildren and great-grandchildren who is soon to turn 100.

Joan received the Above and Beyond Award from Stretford and Urmston's MP Kate Green for all of her work at Stretford Foodbank.

The other winners were:

Business – Josephine Broadstock

Faith – Karen Salisbury

Frontline Worker – Natalie Geist

Health and Social Care – Amanda Chadwick

Voluntary Sector – Kerry Marfleet

Young Woman – Sadaf Nazari