Cockermouth has won an international award for the way the town's bounced back from the destruction of the 2009 floods.
The town won in the Community Recognition category at the Civic Trust awards.
Many homes and businesses were destroyed by flood waters when the rivers Greta and Cocker burst their banks in November 2009.
Since then businesses and community leaders have worked together to decide the best way forward for the town.
Cockermouth Civic Trust supported the Shop Front Scheme which asked all traders and businesses on Main Street to put up shop signs that were in keeping with the area.
This work was recognised by the Civic Trust at their annual award ceremony in Edinburgh this weekend.
Mr Ward's comments were echoed by the regeneration manger for Allerdale Borough Council.