Judges face tough task in choosing community heroes

BIG DECISIONS ... the judging panel for the Best of South Tyneside awards.
BIG DECISIONS ... the judging panel for the Best of South Tyneside awards.

South Tyneside’s community heroes are a step away from picking up honours.

Judges have drawn up the shortlist for the Best of South Tyneside awards.

The competition is incredibly tough this year but all the nominees are already winners in their own right in my eyes. I wish them all the very best of luck.

Coun Fay Cunningham, Mayor of South Tyneside

The panel facing that difficult job was Joy Yates, editorial director of Johnston Press North East; Ray Spencer, director of the Customs House in South Shields; Gillian Scott, marketing and com
munications officer at Port of Tyne; Dorothy Gayle, senior business administrator at Siemens Transmission and Distribution; Mayor of South Tyneside Council Fay Cunningham; Mayoress of South Tyneside Council Stella Matthewson; Richard Jago 
(business development manager with children’s services at South Tyneside Council).

Councillor Cunningham, for South Tyneside Council, said the “absolutely outstanding” entries had showcased the talented, kind-hearted and selfless people here in the area. She said she had seen first hand the “efforts that people in the borough go to to make this area such a fantastic place to live and work in.”

Gillian said: “The standard of entrants this year was once again outstanding and it was an extremely difficult task choosing the winners.

“The Port of Tyne has supported the awards since the very beginning and we are always astonished by the incredible, inspirational spirit that South Tyneside has within its community.”

“The competition is incredibly tough this year but all the nominees are already winners in their own right in my eyes. I wish them all the very best of luck.”

Ray described it as “another difficult session to decide who should be awarded, when such good work is done by such good people”.

Joy praised the “selfless excellence” of so many people 
going out of their way to help others.

Siemens, asset services director Des Young said: “It has been fantastic to take part in this year’s judging of the Best of South Tyneside Awards.

“We have been part of this event for eight years now and the level of talent and community spirit continues to amaze us.”

He congratulated all the entrants and said he was looking forward to the awards evening.

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