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Awards recognise local heroes in Basingstoke and Deane
THE deadline is looming for entries to a high-profile awards event which recognises local heroes in Basingstoke and Deane.
Nominations for the 2013 A Place to be Proud of Awards, which honours individuals, organisations and projects that have made a special contribution to the community, need to be submitted by Friday, March 29.
It is a milestone year for the event as the awards are celebrating their tenth year.
There are a range of categories, all sponsored by local businesses.
* Arts and Entertainment
* Young Achiever
* Schools and Education
* Unsung Hero
* Health and Care
* Basingstoke Ambassador.
This year’s Unsung Hero award will be chosen by a public online vote, from a shortlist of three nominations.
The venue for the awards ceremony has been changed for 2013, and it will be held in The Haymarket theatre, in Wote Street, Basingstoke, on Wednesday, June 5.
Steven Connolly, centre director of Festival Place, where the awards ceremony has been held in previous years, and vice-chairman of Destination Basingstoke, which organises the A Place to be Proud of Awards, said: “Destination Basingstoke is delighted to organise this special event again on behalf of all the sponsors and supporters.
“We are always stunned by the quality and diversity of nominations and look forward to receiving more before next week’s deadline.”
Mr Connolly added that to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the awards, organisers are hoping to hear from past winners to find out what they have done since, and to invite them to this year’s ceremony. He said: “It will be a fantastic chance for all involved to reflect on what we have all achieved over the last 10 years.”
Past winners should call Nina Muir, at Destination Basingstoke, on 01256 461167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations can be made online by going to destinationbasingstoke.co.uk or by collecting a form from Festival Place information desk, the Discovery Centre or Parklands reception at the Civic Offices.