This award has been created to celebrate the outstanding contributions and commitment of the dedicated volunteers in the East Devon creative sector. The award recognises an outstanding contribution to culture for a volunteer who has gone above and beyond their role. Eligibility for ACED Volunteer of the Year Award was open to residents of East Devon who perform a volunteer role benefiting the arts and culture sector in East Devon.

Colin Trussell was nominated because of his year round dedication and passion for the Folk Festival over a number of decades. From washing towels to securing sponsoring, his all round attention to detail makes a real difference to artists, venues and fellow volunteers. 

He’s a real champion for Sidmouth Folk Festival, recognizing the festival’s importance to the town and its special place in East Devon’s cultural calendar.

Colin accepted the award on behalf of all the volunteers across the county, and beyond, without whom there’d be no Arts & Culture events to celebrate. 

Over 500 volunteers make Sidmouth Folk Festival happen each year. To find our more and to join them visit