Provost launches Civic Pride Awards 

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Nominations are now open for the 2018 Civic Pride Awards – and Provost Ian Clarkson says he can’t wait to hear the amazing stories and achievements of this year’s entrants.

The countdown to the event is now officially underway and it promises to be another memorable and life-affirming occasion. Taking place at The Portal in Irvine on Friday 16 March 2018, the awards will yet again celebrate and recognise North Ayrshire’s local heroes with an evening they will never forget.

The provost said the event is a major highlight in his calendar. He said: ‘Last year was my very first Civic Pride Awards as provost and it was an unbelievable experience.

‘To be able to host such an event is an honour and privilege. The very heart of the awards is that they recognise the amazing work and achievements of the people of North Ayrshire.

‘I was very moved and humbled last year at the selflessness, dedication and commitment shown by so many people, whose efforts might otherwise have gone unrecognised.

‘So this is a chance for us to ensure that those people in our community who make a difference get the acclaim they deserve. That’s why the Civic Pride Awards are important – it gives us all a chance to say a huge thank you and well done.’

Over the coming weeks members of the public will be asked to nominate the inspirational individuals and groups they believe are deserving of one of the five awards. The finalists will then be chosen by the provost’s judging panel and invited to the charity gala dinner at The Portal, the first time the new facility has hosted the event.

And you can nominate your Civic Pride hero now – the nomination process is open and members of the public can put forward their local champions, active community groups, considerate young citizens, aspiring sports athletes, talented artists and dedicated volunteers for one or more of the following awards: community group, citizen of the year, young citizen of the year (under 25 years), arts and culture and sports.

Local businesses and organisations who wish to book a table or donate a prize for the raffle – or lend their support in any other way – should contact the council’s corporate communications team on 01294 324137.

The closing date for nominations is noon on Thursday 25 January 2018.