Deadline looming for awards

COUNCIL chiefs are urging residents to nominate their local heroes for new community awards before the deadline.

Billingham Town Council’s first ever Pride of Billingham Awards take place this year.

There is still time for residents to put forward anyone they believe is deserving of one of the awards.

The deadline is the end of the month.

The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the achievements and dedication of people who have been outstanding citizens or good neighbours.

Council chiefs said they have received several nominations, but would welcome more for people who have gone the extra mile to help make Billingham a better place to live.

Dianne Rickaby, executive officer at the council, said: “It’s not too late to nominate someone.

“We would like to hear form people who want to recognise the good work that people do within Billingham.

“The town council wants to embrace the community spirit in the town.”

There are four categories covering the whole age range and scope of community heroes. They are Good Neighbour, Young Achiever, which is open to anyone under 21, Personal or Community Achievement and the prestigious Resident of the Year Award.

Winners will receive an engraved glass plaque and £100 towards a community project of their choice. They will be presented during the town council’s annual general meeting in May.

The awards were the idea of former council chairman Sue Skilbeck. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the town council website or by contacting the office on (01642) 551171.