Passion, community spirit and creativity are to be rewarded as communities across the county get ready to mark the first Northumberland Day on Sunday.
Organisers have created special awards – The Northumbies – to recognise Northumberland Day’s Most Inspiring School, its Best Designed Event, Best Community Involvement and Best Dressed Village or Parish.
The Northumbies are not off-the-shelf trophies, but specially-designed glass awards communicating the essence of Northumberland.
Each one has been designed, fused and stained by glass artist Helen Grierson, whose studio is about to expand and relocate to the new Broomhill Business Park.
She worked with Northumberland Day organiser Jane Hunt, of Catapult PR, to create a design reflecting the county’s past and present.
The glasswork will be mounted on a wooden plinth, creating a reward for those pouring passion into the inaugural Northumberland Day celebrations.
The Jill Bradbury Award for the Most Inspiring School is sponsored by Catapult PR, creators of Northumberland Day on behalf of its client Langley Castle, while Best Dressed Village or Parish is backed by The Northumbrian magazine.
The Best Designed Event Award is sponsored by Helen, while Waitrose in Hexham is supporting the Best Community Involvement prize.
Helen said: “It was an absolute privilege to design and make an award that celebrates the achievements of the special people living and working in this inspiring county, in which I was born and bred.”
Go to www.northumberlandday.net for details of the events taking place as part of the celebrations.