Passion, community spirit and creativity are to be rewarded as events to mark the first Northumberland Day take place on and around May 28.
Organisers have created special awards – The Northumbies – that are so far recognising Northumberland Day’s Most Inspiring School, its Best Designed Event and Best Dressed Village or Parish.
More Northumbies could be up for grabs, if sponsors step up, such as Best Dressed Town, Best Decorated Cake, Best Community Involvement and Most Imaginative Celebration.
The Northumbies are not off-the-shelf trophies, but specially-designed glass awards communicating the essence of Northumberland.
Each Northumbie is being designed by talented fused and stained glass artist, Helen Grierson, whose studio is about to expand and relocate to the new Broomhill Business Park.
Helen is working with Northumberland Day organiser Jane Hunt, of Catapult PR, to create a design reflecting the county’s past and present.
The glasswork will be mounted on a wooden plinth, creating a reward for those pouring passion into the inaugural Northumberland Day celebrations.
The Jill Bradbury Award for the Most Inspiring School is sponsored by Catapult PR, creators of Northumberland Day on behalf of its client Langley Castle, while Best Dressed Village or Parish is sponsored by The Northumbrian magazine.
The Best Designed Event Award is sponsored by Helen and there are already exciting contenders for this trophy, from heritage-focused events to sporting occasions and street parties.
To be in contention, participants need to submit initial details of their plans by Friday, May 19, and then further evidence as celebrations take place. A judging panel will determine the winner.
Jane said: “The Northumbies are going to be stunning and well-deserved prizes for those demonstrating the passion for the county that is communicated by the heart in the Northumberland Day logo.”
Helen added: “It is an absolute privilege to be able to design and make an award that celebrate the achievements of the special people living and working in this inspiring county, in which I was born and bred.”