Life isn’t an audition, says YEP’s Dad of the year Wayne

Wayne Nicholson, from Ossett, who won the YEP Father's Day competition.
Wayne Nicholson, from Ossett, who won the YEP Father's Day competition.
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DAD-OF-THE-YEAR Wayne Nicholson enjoyed a day of VIP treats at Leeds’ Victoria Quarter after winning a YEP competition.

And who better to accompany him than his son Gareth who nominated him for the Father’s Day contest.

Gareth, 23, said he had learnt a lot from his dad, 49, who was involved in a serious road accident in 2003 when their car was hit by a truck. He nominated him to thank him for being an inspiration and for all that he had done.

Wayne said: “I was cut out of the wreckage and airlifted to hospital, operated on that night for my worst injuries. Four months later I returned to work with the aid of a walking stick. My mantra then became ‘life isn’t an audition’.

“You learn a lot from a situation like that. Life is too short, enjoy it and make the best of what you have.”

The prize included treats worth around £1,500 from Victoria Quarter retailers such as shoes from Cheaney.

Wayne added: “It was such a wonderful surprise and it has set the bar very high for the next few years.”

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