Community heroes are honoured

THE shortlist has been drawn up. for the fourth annual Pride in the Community AwardsJudges had the uneviable task of picking two or three finalists per category who have all been invited to the prestigious ceremony on Tuesday evening at Pleasurewood Hills.

THE shortlist has been drawn up. for the fourth annual Pride in the Community Awards

Judges had the uneviable task of picking two or three finalists per category who have all been invited to the prestigious ceremony on Tuesday evening at Pleasurewood Hills.

Each person will be able to bring family and friends to the event, which includes a buffet and drinks reception by the lake, a preview of the park's summer show and the presentation of the prizes.

Lowestoft carnival organiser Pat Rayner is in contention for the Community Hero award alongside Seagull Theatre fundraiser Marion Small and Reydon community stalwart Ann Robins.


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Beccles Upstairs Gallery owner Michelle Payne is shortlisted as Entrepreneur of the Year alongside Ryan Holt, who narrowly missed out on this year's Junior Apprentice programme with Sir Alan Sugar.

Clare Strachan, from Lowestoft, Shelia Peggs, from Blundeston, Colleen Turrell, from Carlton Colville, and Jessica Harvey, from Corton, are all finalists in the Where the Heart Is category.

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Meanwhile Alison Reeve from Pakefield, John and Ann Frost from Broome and Phyliss Fuller from Beccles are all in the running for Kind Neighbour of the Year.

Employee of the Year could be either Waveney Crossroads worker Pat Cruse, Bungay policeman Martin Skuse or Lowestoft policeman Jonathon Church; Teacher of the Year will be Mark Crawford from Crowfoot Primary School, John Mondon, of Gisleham Middle or Bungay dance teacher Liz Lee.

Gwen Parsons, outgoing principal of Lowestoft College, Rosy Lees Tearooms in Loddon and Morrisons in Beccles have all been shortlisted in the Business/Business Person of the Year category and Sophie Nixon and Sam Kenward are finalists in the Inspirational Child/Teenager of the Year.

Scott Baggins and John Hoffman are shortlisted for Remarkable Person of the Year for their heroic role in the aftermath of last year's horrific Worlingham crash, alongside Lowestoft woman Annette Dewing and local historian John Holmes.

There will also a Pride in the Community Champion who judges believe deserves the highest recognition possible for their kind attitude towards others in the place in which they live.

The main awards will be given out by Alexis Camelin, Pleasurewood Hills' general manager.

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