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Best in community celebrated

Pride in Amble at the LOVE Northumberland awards.

Pride in Amble at the LOVE Northumberland awards.

A special ceremony has been staged to celebrate the very best in community and voluntary work across the county.

The LOVE Northumberland awards evening was staged at The Alnwick Garden last week, in the company of the Duchess of Northumberland.

Among the winners was Eleanor Phillips, from Longhoughton, who took an individual prize for her beach-cleaning efforts at Boulmer.

Shilbottle Community Forum was named runner-up in the Best New Project category for its work on the village’s war memorial, while Pride in Amble was highly commended in the Best Urban Project for improvements at the Town Square.

The awards were developed by Northumberland County Council through its LOVE Northumberland campaign, with the aim of promoting the work of the council and its many partner organisations, community groups and volunteers who all work towards preserving and enhancing the environment in the county.

Paying tribute to all of the winners, runners-up and highly-commended entries across the various categories, the Duchess said: “It was wonderful to see what volunteers are doing to show just how much they love Northumberland.

“So many people, in so many different fields, have worked incredibly hard to make Northumberland an even more beautiful place to live than it is already and I was honoured to play a small part in their celebrations.”

Winning entries received a £250 prize and runners-up £100, with the money going towards their project or other work within the local community. Each highly-commended finalist also received a small cash prize.

The main sponsor of the awards was The Banks Group, while Marmax Products Ltd and McDonald’s, at Ashington, also supported the awards.

The event was hosted by freelance TV presenter and journalist, Kim Inglis.

 

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