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Unsung heroes to be honoured

PUBLISHED: 16:44 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:48 05 July 2010

SOME of Lowestoft's and Southwold's unsung heroes are to be honoured during a prestigious ceremony on Monday evening.

The Journal's second Pride in the Community Awards takes place at the Wherry Hotel, in Oulton Broad, sponsored by Pleasurewood Hills, and has attracted more that 60 nominations.

SOME of Lowestoft's and Southwold's unsung heroes are to be honoured during a prestigious ceremony on Monday evening.

The Journal's second Pride in the Community Awards takes place at the Wherry Hotel, in Oulton Broad, sponsored by Pleasurewood Hills, and has attracted more that 60 nominations.

All finalists in the nine categories have been invited to the awards ceremony with their families where the accolades are handed out.

There will also be a special award given to the Pride in the Community Champion, someone who judges felt stood out from everyone else for the way in which they have served their community.

Journal editor Russell Cook, who was part of the judging panel and will compere the evening, said: “These awards offer us a unique opportunity to recognise some amazing people in and around Lowestoft and Southwold, ordinary people who have done some very special things and deserve to be in the spotlight. It is our chance to thank and recognise them.”

Amongst the shortlisted candidates are Billy Hansford, who at 80 took part in this year's London Marathon, Geraldine Bailey, who is known throughout Blundeston for her community work and the crew from Fadoo, a young person's credit union.

The finalists for all the awards are Community Hero: Janet and David Barwick, John Pawsey and Geraldine Bailey; Inspirational Child: Hannah Richardson, Lydia Davies, Matthew Munro and Ben McMillan; Where the Heart Is: Mary Knights, Karl Belmore and Zoiyar Cole; Kind Neighbour: Christine Lawn, Alvin Thomas and Pauline and Bernie Smith: Remarkable Person: Billy Hansford, Lester Morse and Claire Bonfield; Enterpreneur of the Year: Hazel Johnson, Fadoo and Emma Shilling: Local Business of the Year: Hidden Treasures, Southwold Post Office and Jazos Cancer Shop: Teacher of the Year: Teri Ward, Keith Hunter and Andrea Colley; and Employee of the Year: Glen Cone, Claire Wyndham and Tania Ali.

For a full report of the evening and a picture spread, see next week's Journal.

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