Search for youngsters who are the pride of Hucknall

PRIDE OF HUCKNALL -- last year's winners, Ben Stewart and Abbie Sims
PRIDE OF HUCKNALL -- last year's winners, Ben Stewart and Abbie Sims

THE SEARCH is on to unearth community-spirited and dedicated youngsters who deserve to be honoured in the Pride Of Hucknall awards 2012.

Nominations are now open for the prestigious accolades, which recognise the achievements of young people in Hucknall, aged between 11 and 17, over the last year. There are separate boys’ and girls’ categories.

Accomplishments can include academic success, service to the local community, sporting achievement or triumphs in the fields of art, music or entertainment.

The closing date is Friday July 13 for nominations to tie in with the start of the school summer holidays.

Entries can be sent to the main organiser, Coun Ken Knight (Lab), a Hucknall member of Ashfield District Council, at 5 Ullswater Drive, Hucknall. Alternatively, drop them in at the Dispatch Office.

Each nomination must include the name, age and address of the person, as well as a short explanation on why they are being put forward.

The awards are open only to young people who live in Hucknall. Local schools are being urged to support the initiative.

Accolades will be presented by former Hucknall Labour MP, Paddy Tipping, during a ceremony at the Central Methodist Church on Baker Street on Saturday September 22.

The ceremony will include a performance by the Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass Band and the presentation of medals to all nominees.

Coun Trevor Locke, another Hucknall member of Ashfield Council, will act as master of ceremonies. Tickets are now on sale for the event

Coun Knight, who runs the awards with his wife, Janice, said: “We want to recognise those who are putting the community first, going out of their way to help others or who are achieving notable success.

“These youngsters deserve a bit of the limelight and praise for their actions.”

The awards were inaugurated in 2008 in memory of Coun Nellie Smedley, a long-serving and well-respected Hucknall Labour member of Notts County Council, who died in September 2006 at the age of 84.

Last year’s winner of the boys’ award was 15-year-old Ben Stewart, of Kendal Close.

Ben was nominated for his contribution to the work of the King’s Family Church on Derbyshire Lane, Hucknall, which included organising charity events.

He had also been involved in shows at the National Church Of England Academy in Hucknall.

The girls’ winner was well-known Abbie Sims (16), of Penhale Drive. She was selected in recognition of her bravery in battling a life-threatening brain-tumour since the age of seven, plus her regular fundraising efforts.