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Asian awards celebrate the 'Angel of Woolwich'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett of Helston has been recognised by the British Asian community for her bravery during the Woolwich attacks in May this year

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett of Helston has been recognised by the British Asian community for her bravery during the Woolwich attacks in May this year

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A woman from Helston has been honoured at an Asian awards ceremony in London alongside Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett was invited to the GG2 Leadership Awards, which highlights success and achievement among Asian people in Britain, in recognition of her actions during the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in May.

Mrs Loyau-Kennet received the GG2 Spirit in the Community Award for calmly engaging the blood-drenched attackers in conversation until the police arrived – an action which saw her dubbed the 'Angel of Woolwich'.

Mrs Loyau-Kennett, who is half French and half Scottish, said she was honoured to be one of the few non-Asian people taking part.

Mrs Loyau-Kennett said: "I am not Asian obviously but I was among Asians receiving awards. I think they recognise themselves through my actions. It was not about whether I was Asian or not. As far as they were concerned, I was just a human being like them. I find it quite touching."

Since the incident, Mrs Loyau-Kennett has attracted attention from around the country. More than 85,000 people signed a petition for her and two other women to be given bravery medals.

The French Government awarded her a bravery medal in July and in September she was also recognised with the Cornish Gorsedh.

Guest of honour at the event was Mr Clegg, who unveiled a list of the top 101 leading British Asian people.

Other award winners included three teenage girls from Pakistan who have campaigned for the right to go to school. One of the trio, Malala Yousafzai, has become the global face of female education after an assassination attempt by the Taliban.

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