Best of the best

Pride of Hartlepool judges (from left) Helen Watts, Joy Yates, Linsey Wood, Alistair Baker and Gemma Borthwick study some of the heart-warming stories of courage and selflessness reported in the Mail.
Pride of Hartlepool judges (from left) Helen Watts, Joy Yates, Linsey Wood, Alistair Baker and Gemma Borthwick study some of the heart-warming stories of courage and selflessness reported in the Mail.

A PANEL of judges have been sifting through scores of nominations for the Mail’s inaugural Pride of Hartlepool Awards.

They have whittled them down to three finalists and a winner in each of the 12 categories,

The winners will be announced at a celebration evening at Hartlepool College of Further Education on Thursday, March 24,

The event will be hosted by TFM radio breakfast show presenter Wayne Allen and guest of honour will be Hartlepool United’s Player of the Century and current club captain Ritchie Humphreys in his testimonial year.

The judging panel of Mail editor Joy Yates, Gemma Borthwick, of main awards sponsor Niramax, Alistair Baker, of Northumbrian Water, Helen Watts, of Hartlepool College of Further Education, and Linsey Wood, of TFM Radio, who are all sponsoring categories, met at the town centre college to sift through the entries.

Over the past month, entries have flooded in to the Mail by post and by email as readers took the awards to heart.

The panel of judges yesterday spent a morning sifting through them and after hours of discussions and deliberations shortlists were drawn up and winners chosen.

Joy said: “The standard of entries was superb and covered almost every emotion.

“In a sense it’s a shame that there can only be one actual winner in each category although everyone who was nominated was a winner in the eyes of the judges.

“All of the nominations were amazing and show just what kind of special people live in Hartlepool and the lengths they are willing to go for the sake of their communities and fellow residents.

“The nominations cover every emotion from happiness to heartache and it promises to be a wonderful, yet emotional awards event.

”The awards have been truly embraced by our readers and people from all walks of life in Hartlepool.”

The 12 categories in the awards cover every aspect of life across the town with each winner receiving £50 and a commemorative trophy.

The Pride of Hartlepool Awards aim to honour the achievements of people from all walks of life whose dedication and determination has earned them the respect of others.

They can also be ambassadors for the town or people who have put Hartlepool on the map with their amazing achievements.