Question mark over Hucknall Pride awards

Winners and nominees at the Pride of Hucknall awards in 2011
Winners and nominees at the Pride of Hucknall awards in 2011

Hucknall ex-councillor Trevor Locke claims he has been ignored over a bid to continue the Pride of Hucknall award scheme, which recognises achievements by young people in the town.

The scheme was inaugurated in 2008 in memory of Coun Nellie Smedley, a long-serving Hucknall Labour member of Notts County Council, who died in September 2002 at the age of 84.

Mr Locke has been actively involved in organising the scheme along with the late Coun Ken and Janice Knight, and Nellie’s sister, Louie Bean, who has also died.

Hucknall Labour candidates in this year’s Ashfield District Council elections stated on their manifesto leaflet that continuing the Pride awards was a top priority.

And at last Saturday’s meeting of Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group (HTRG), Coun John Wilkinson, a Hucknall Labour member of Notts County Council, stressed that this was still the case.

But Mr Locke is concerned that the scheme will be abandoned.

He said: “Despite my long experience with the scheme, no-one has got in touch with me for help to keep it going.

“I am not happy about it at all.”