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The Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney Awards are back - and it’s time to nominate your community heroes

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:26 25 April 2017

Launch of the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney Awards. Left from front, Steve Ardley, awards founder, Amy Smith, Lowestoft Journal, Nick Webb, Lowestoft mayor, Adam Greenfield, Hotel Victoria and Rebecca Harris, Hoseasons. Right from front, Matt Stebbings, Sentinel Leisure, Ros Parker, Parker Communications, Victoria Schofield, Cottages.com, Ian Gregory, Waveney Norse and Jack Fountain, Lings Honda. Pictured centre is event organiser Mick Parker. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Launch of the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney Awards. Left from front, Steve Ardley, awards founder, Amy Smith, Lowestoft Journal, Nick Webb, Lowestoft mayor, Adam Greenfield, Hotel Victoria and Rebecca Harris, Hoseasons. Right from front, Matt Stebbings, Sentinel Leisure, Ros Parker, Parker Communications, Victoria Schofield, Cottages.com, Ian Gregory, Waveney Norse and Jack Fountain, Lings Honda. Pictured centre is event organiser Mick Parker. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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It was set up to celebrate real heroes from the community, and the annual Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney Awards are back for 2017.

Lily Dewbery at the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards evening 2016.
 
PHOTO: Nick ButcherLily Dewbery at the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards evening 2016. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Now in its third year, the awards honour those who go above and beyond to help their communities, giving local residents the recognition they truly deserve.

The awards ceremony will take place at The Hotel Victoria in Lowestoft on Friday, October 13, and the event is being sponsored by a range of local businesses, with The Journal and our sister papers the Beccles and Bungay Journal and Eastern Daily Press once again proud to be media partners.

Organiser Mick Parker, from Parker Communications, said: “We started it to celebrate real local heroes, and the response we’ve had from the community in Lowestoft has been unbelievable.

“And over the years, as people have seen the sincerity of the event, more and more people want to get involved, and this allows us to put on a great evening with great prizes.

Last year's overall winner at the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards evening, Sarah Barrett. 
PHOTO: Nick ButcherLast year's overall winner at the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards evening, Sarah Barrett. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

“It it obvious to us now that people love the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney and we are looking forward to more nominations this year, more amazing stories and more recognition of our local heroes.

“The sponsors have all said they are more focussed than ever to help us make the awards the best yet.”

The ceremony will once again be hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk breakfast anchor Mark Murphy, who fell in love with the event after attending for the first time last year.

A special launch was held on April 18, attended by sponsor representatives, and nominations are now open for each of the 10 categories.

These are Young Person of the Year, Outstanding Sporting Achievement of the Year, Community Group or Champion of the Year, Outstanding Bravery, Team of the Year Education Star, Uniform Services, Veteran of the Year, Charity Worker of the Year and Unsung Hero/Heroine of the Year.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday, September 15, with the judging day on Monday, September 25.

Last year’s awards saw 90 entries submitted, with the judges given the difficult task off choosing the three finalists and eventual winner in each category.

To make a nomination, fill in the online form above. Forms will also be available in the coming weeks from Ipswich Building Society branches and from East of England Co-op stores.

Sponsors

Waveney Norse

The Hotel Victoria

Sentinel Leisure Trust

Lings Motor Group

Kingsley Healthcare

Waveney District Council

Marina Theatre

Hoseasons

Cottages.com

East of England Co-op Funeral Services

Media sponsors: Archant - Eastern Daily Press, Lowestoft Journal and Beccles and Bungay Journal

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