Tunisian terror attack survivor receives Pride of Birmingham award

Owen Richards and Brother Joel Richards

Owen Richards and Brother Joel Richards

A Midland teenager, who was the only member of his family to survive the horrific Tunisian massacre earlier this year, has been presented with a Special Recognition Award at this year’s Pride of Birmingham Awards.

Owen Richards, just 16, from Walsall survived the Tunisian massacre in Sousse which left his brother Joel, grandfather Patrick Evans, and uncle Adrian Evans dead.

Owen was recognised at this year’s awards ceremony which took place at Birmingham Town Hall on Friday October 2.

Awards host Gaby Roslin said: “On the beach that day, in the aftermath of the attack, Owen helped others who had been wounded.

“And since his return from Tunisia he has continued to care. He has kept in touch with victims such as Naomi Wearing, encouraging them through their hospital treatment.

“They say that Owen has been there for them, that he has helped them focus on the future, on the good things in life.

“Owen has also just gone back to college, and has helped mentor younger children.

“Our award is in special recognition of his caring, compassion and courage.”

Owen was joined onstage by shooting victim Naomi, who is still recovering from her injuries, and was handed his award by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.

Surprise video messages of congratulation also came from Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and Only Fools and Horses legend John Challis, in character as Boycie.

The Pride of Birmingham Awards 2015 honoured some of the city’s most inspirational people.

The annual awards ceremony, organised by the Birmingham Mail in association with Virgin Trains, honoured ten heroes.

Owen’s brother Joel was a talented Gaelic footballer who played for Birmingham-based James Connolly’s GFC.

Paying tribute to him following his death the club described him as an “exceptionally talented footballer,” who “ represented both club and county with conviction on numerous occasions”.