Laughter and tears as D-day dawns

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JUDGING takes place today to decide on this year’s shortlist for the Pride of Northumberland Awards.

We’ve had tons of nominations posted through the door and sent through online and now they are all ready to be studied in depth by our panel of judges.

Entries have drawn tears, smiles and laughter and the decision on who will be in the top three of each category will be a tough one.

Once the list has been finalised, 30 individuals and groups will be invited to a glittering awards ceremony at Alnwick Garden on Thursday, September 15, where the winners will be announced.

They will be presented with a trophy and will be given their moment in the spotlight. Others at the event will also get to hear about why they were chosen as the winner of that award.

The Pride of Northumberland Awards are about honouring those who normally stay out of the limelight, despite doing extraordinary things or overcoming battles and hurdles.

Organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the Morpeth Herald and sister papers the Northumberland Gazette and News Post Leader, as well as Tweeddale Press’ Berwick Advertiser, the awards are a way of saying thank you and well done to those who usually receive no recognition for the things they do or go through.

Editor of the Morpeth Herald Paul Larkin said: “Pride is a great way of giving something back to the people of Northumberland.

“The entries we have received show that so much goes on behind the scenes that no one hears about. Some of the stories are heartbreaking and I’m sure that on the awards night there won’t be a dry eye in the room.”

There are ten awards to be given — the Matthew Phillips Child of Courage, Child of Achievement, Student of the Year, Community Champion, Role Model, Community Group, Safer Community, Green Champion, Sporting Achievement and Fundraiser of the year.