Irene Daley gives her son and new Clarence Valley ambassador Troy Cassar-Daley a congratulatory hug after the announcement at the Grafton Regional Gallery.
Irene Daley gives her son and new Clarence Valley ambassador Troy Cassar-Daley a congratulatory hug after the announcement at the Grafton Regional Gallery. Adam Hourigan

Troy's singing honour

TROY Cassar-Daley let his guitar do the talking during his acceptance speech after Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson presented him with the inaugural Clarence Valley Ambassador award.

Admitting to having no speech prepared, the 21-time Golden Guitar winner sang his aptly titled song, Going Back Home, to show his appreciation as only a true performing artist can.

"It is phenomenal to be honoured with this award," he said.

"I feel very proud. I always look forward to coming back to Grafton where my spiritual home is and everywhere I look there are memories. It's always great to see familiar faces."

The most beloved familiar face in the crowd was arguably Troy's mother, Irene Daley, who described yesterday's ceremony as a milestone in the life of her "little boy".

"It was very emotional and it was such an honour for him," she said.

Mayor Williamson agreed.

"Troy has a genuine love for Clarence Valley and the ceremony was a celebration of all the contributions he has made to his local community," he said.

Elders from the area's indigenous communities attended the award presentation as honoured guests of the CVC.

Next week, Troy will fly to Nashville, USA, to record an album. He looks forward to returning to the Clarence Valley at Christmas.


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