More local heroes are nominated

All of the winners at last year's Best of Northumberland awards.
All of the winners at last year's Best of Northumberland awards.
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Nominations continue to pour in for this year’s Best of Northumberland awards, with a variety of local heroes being put forward for prizes.

Readers are being encouraged to nominate individuals and groups in the county who go above and beyond the call of duty and/or show incredible strength and courage in the face of adversity.

Organised by Northeast Press – publishers of the Northumberland Gazette, Morpeth Herald, News Post Leader – and Tweeddale Press’s Berwick Advertiser, the annual Best of Northumberland awards are a celebration of bravery, determination, commitment and achievement.

We are looking for people who, in their everyday lives, have managed to do something extraordinary for the benefit of themselves and others.

Over the last few weeks, we have profiled some of the people who have been put forward for a Best of Northumberland award, and the nominations continue to come in.

Lynn Tate has been nominated in the Community Group category for her tireless efforts with the Save Druridge Campaign Group, which was set up to fight Banks Mining’s Highthorn surface mine scheme. The application was approved earlier this month.

The Friends of Alnwick Cemetery have been put forward for the Green Champion award. Over the last four or five years, the team has planted many trees, including exotics such as the maidenhair tree. About 400 metres of fruit have also been planted, owl boxes have been installed and litter is picked up on a regular basis. As a result of this extensive work, numerous creatures have been seen, including butterflies, moles, red squirrels and a variety of birds.

Alnwick Town groundsman Ian Hogg has been nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award.

A retired firefighter, he regularly spends about 20 hours a week doing work on the pitch at Alnwick Town.

He has even been seen working on the pitch at 9pm on a Saturday and this selfless work has helped Alnwick have one of the best surfaces in the Northern League.

The deadline for entries is Friday, August 19, so there is still time to nominate your heroes.

The winners will be presented with their awards at a glittering ceremony at Linden Hall, Longhorsley, on the evening of Thursday, September 15.