RESIDENTS are being urged to put forward their community champions for a town accolade.
The Civic Awards, run by Morpeth Town Council, will be staged for the third time at the Annual Assembly and Reception on Wednesday, May 7 in the Town Hall.
Nominations are now open for eight categories. The Townsperson of Morpeth and Young Townsperson of Morpeth (21 years and under) recognise those who make a big difference in the town through their voluntary or community work.
The Achievement Award is for a person or group of people who have provided exceptional service and demonstrated a long-term dedication as a volunteer or local community group and the Mayor’s Award will be presented to a person or a group for a specific action of bravery and /or courage.
Sporting excellence and success will be rewarded in the Sport Award category and the Leisure and Culture Award winner will have excelled in cultural, artistic or entertainment terms.
The Business Award recognises local firms that have created jobs, nurtured and promoted the skills of local residents or invested in making the town a great place to live, work and conduct business and the Community Award will be given to an organisation that works for the benefit of the community.
Morpeth Town Council clerk Gillian Turner said: “It’s very important to recognise those who work tirelessly for the good of the town. They are unsung heroes who don’t blow their own trumpet.
“We would encourage residents to say thank you to these people by nominating them for one of the awards.
“Hopefully, the awards night will encourage these people to keep going and encourage others to volunteer to help their community.”
Entries should be submitted on or before Monday, March 31 at the Town Hall. Nomination forms are available at the building or online at www.morpeth-tc.gov.uk