Unsung heroes have been honoured in the Pride of Northumberland Awards.
Organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the Northumberland Gazette, Morpeth Herald and News Post Leader, alongside Tweedale Press’s Berwick Advertiser, the awards are a special opportunity to celebrate excellence in our communities and reward groups and individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty.
They are also a chance to celebrate the outstanding talents of those who don’t normally get put in the spotlight.
Twelve individuals, one group, and a school were recognised across 11 different categories in a glittering ceremony held at Linden Hall Hotel.
Northeast Press’s managing director Stephen Plews said: “It is great as a newspaper and web business to be involved in the Pride of Northumberland awards.
“I guess in this day and age when everything is fast paced and people can be very cynical about things it is great that we are recognising people who give a lot back to the community.”
The night was hosted by Anna Foster, who said: “I couldn’t be happier to be here.
“It is amazing to be in a room full of so many people that have done so much to be proud of and have made Northumberland a better place to live. They have shown tenacity and courage and they are selfless people.
“We often hear the words courage and hero on the X-Factor and stuff like that. But they are not courageous or heroes.
“These people in this room are and I for one am thrilled to bits to be a part of it.”
Katie Perkin, communications manager for Banks Group, which sponsors the Green Champion Award, said: “The Banks Group is absolutely delighted to support the Pride of Northumberland awards for the third year. We are really pleased to sponsor the Green Champion category as we really feel that the work people do in this particular area to support the environment is important to the region.”
Ros Smith, finance director at NBSL, which sponsors the Role Model category, said: “It is a genuinely inspiring night and we are genuinely delighted to be involved.”