Pride of Hucknall awards 2015

Pride of Hucknall nominees in 2011
Pride of Hucknall nominees in 2011

Nominations are now open for the Pride of Hucknall Awards 2015.

The awards recognise outstanding achievements by boys and girls of the town, aged 11 to 18, over the past year, for service to the community or in academic, artistic, or sporting fields.

WINNERS -- Luke Mitchell and Letitia Grey with their Pride of Hucknall awards -- DISPIC NHUD12-2504-2

WINNERS -- Luke Mitchell and Letitia Grey with their Pride of Hucknall awards -- DISPIC NHUD12-2504-2

The closing date for nominations is Friday October 16 and a presentation ceremony will take place at 7pm on Friday October 30 in the concert hall at the John Godber Centre, Ogle Street, where entertainment will be provided.

Organiser Ian Morrison said: “This is a great event which celebrates local achievements and helps others to achieve, please support it.

“We advise you buy tickets in advance to guarantee entry as this is a very well attended event.”

This year organisers are hoping to raise money for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a United Nations programme that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental aid to children and mothers in developing countries.

Ian said: “If we can help to educate young people at home or abroad then we are helping people reach their goals. It is what the awards are about.

“Locally we have had people who have travelled to help with children’s education in underprivileged countries. I am sure some of them will be nominated this year.

“While we are recognising our people who have striven to achieve their goals - we need to recognise there is a problem with deprivation. There are 4m kids in this country that are living under the poverty line.”

Ian says the Pride awards are all about reviving a sense of community spirit in the town.

He said: “In 1893 Hucknall families took in 200 kids from the Pinxton and Alfreton area while the colliers were on strike.

“We have lost that sense of community and drawing together. I think events like this can help bring that spirit back.”

The awards were launched in 2008 in memory of the town’s longest serving Notts county councillor, Nellie Smedley.

Coun Mrs Smedley, who lived on Edgewood Drive, represented the town on the county council from 1988 until her death in September 2006 at the age of 84.

The full list of categories is:

Outstanding student [girl and boy]

Most improved student [girl and boy]

Sports award [girl and boy]

Volunteer of the year [girl and boy plus adult]

Community Champion [adult]

Unsung hero [adult]

Tickets are on sale from today at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and senior citizens, (under 5s free of charge).

More information and tickets are available from the John Godber Centre reception, Lawrence Severn Butchers, High Street R&D News, Annesley Road. Or you can find out more about the awards on the Facebook page.