This Hartlepool college will help talented young people shine in the Mail’s annual awards

Mark Hughes, head of Hartlepool Sixth Form College.
Mark Hughes, head of Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College has said it is looking forward to celebrating the town’s gifted individuals as the Best of Hartlepool Awards introduces an award for young performers.

For the first time, the annual competition which honours community heroes, has a dedicated accolade called the Young Performer of the Year Award to recognise talented youngsters in the town.

And now Hartlepool Sixth Form College has come on board as a sponsor of the Mail-run competition and will host as special night to showcase the performances of nominees at the campus on Blakelock Road, on October 30.

Mark Hughes, head of Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “We are delighted and honoured to host the very first Young Performer of the Year competition which will showcase the incredible young talent in our area.

“There are so many gifted individuals in the Hartlepool area and I am fortunate enough to witness the creativity and vibrancy in our town every day via the talent of the college’s performing arts students.”

Now we are calling on you to nominate individuals who deserve a Best of Hartlepool Award and those who are worthy of the Young Performer of the Year accolade.

The top three from the performance evening at the college will go on to compete at the grand finale of the overall awards.

Mr Hughes added: “This competition will have a positive influence on a young person’s life and help shape career ambitions and educational pathways.

“The Best of Hartlepool Awards is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the people who are making a real difference to our community, and Hartlepool Sixth Form College is very proud to be part of this event.”

This year’s awards have also been sponsored by Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees NHS Clinical Commissioning Group; Stagecoach North East and Utility Alliance, along with Hart Biologicals and Specsavers.

After the young performers’ night, the judges will meet to draw up a shortlist for all the categories in early November.

And then comes the grand final, which will be held at Hardwick Hall on Tuesday, November 21.

To nominate someone for an award please send your entries by post to Lynn Wild, Hartlepool Mail, Alexander House, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. DH4 5RA.

Alternatively email: lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk.

The deadline for all entries is Monday, October 23.

Categories:

l Young Performer of the Year (under 21)

l Green Champion

l Student of the Year

l Fundraiser of the Year

l Volunteer of the Year

l Sporting Excellence

l Community Group

l Community Champion

l Child of Courage

l Child of Achievement

l Emergency Services Award

l Carer of the Year

l Neighbour of the Year

l Sports Team of the Year

l Role Model of the Year

l Lifetime Achievement Award