Search is on for South Tyneside’s unsung heroes

Follow in the footsteps of last year's fantastic winners.
Follow in the footsteps of last year's fantastic winners.

Who are the heroes of South Tyneside?

That’s the question we’re asking today as we launch this year’s search for the people who make a difference in our communities.

The Best of South Tyneside Awards are now under way, and we want you to get involved. We want you to give the unsung heroes in your lives their moment in the spotlight.

Is there a role model, a carer, or a child who you think shows incredible courage?

Perhaps you know of a rising star of the stage or a youngster who has gone that extra length to achieve their targets.

Now’s your chance to give them the recognition they deserve.

The Best of South Tyneside awards needs nominations for everything from sports team of the year to entrepreneur of the year, and community group to fundraiser.

This year, we have a string of fantastic backers on board.

The Best of South Tyneside awards have a headline sponsor of Siemens and are being held in association with The Customs House, and with Port of Tyne, BT South Tyneside, Barbour, David Gray and Harlow Print as category sponsors.

Watch out for more details on them in the days to come.

The deadline for entries in the competition is May 6. After that, judges will draw up a shortlist for each of the categories listed.

And then it’s on to the grand finale, which will be held this year at the Quality Hotel on June 9.

The awards will honour unsung stars. We know there are heroes galore out there who are worthy of awards.

The finals evening will have the ever-popular Young Performer category, which is sponsored by Port of Tyne.

Over the years, the category has been the launchpad for stars such as X Factor champions Joe McElderry and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall.

And whoever wins will be following in the footsteps of last year’s winner Eve Simpson.

So now all we need are entries for this year’s awards and we want you to inundate us with impressive nominations.

Let’s make this a year when the judges have a tough task when it comes to drawing up the shortlist because the standard of entries is so high.

Fill in the nomination form in today’s’ paper or visit