Tell us who’s simply the best in South Tyneside

FLASHBACK ... last year's fantastic winners. It could be you this time at the Best of South Tyneside awards
FLASHBACK ... last year's fantastic winners. It could be you this time at the Best of South Tyneside awards

ARE you ready to nominate your South Tyneside hero?

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. CHRIS CORDNER reports

WE want nominations for the best our borough has to offer in our all-new awards which reward deserving people in our community.

This year’s awards may have a brand new name – of the Best of South Tyneside awards – but it still boasts the same fantastic categories as in previous years.

So let’s get going with 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.

Headline sponsors are Siemens.

Des Young, asset services director at Siemens, said it gives Siemens great pleasure to be able to sponsor this year’s awards.

“We have supported this event for a number of years yet I continue to be amazed and inspired by the selfless acts and great contributions of the wonderful people in our borough.

“Siemens employs approximately 2000 people in the North East with 500 of these employees based within South Tyneside. Therefore, as a local employer, I feel especially proud to be part of an event that supports the great work of our local people.

“Siemens would like to wish everyone involved the very best of luck.”

South Tyneside Council and the Customs House are both partner sponsors.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, said: “I’m delighted that the council is part of this amazing event which champions the largely unsung heroes of the borough.

“I am incredibly proud to be the first citizen of a borough where there are so many amazing people who selflessly give back to their local community, and I am excited and privileged to be part of the judging process this year.

“These awards are about giving people the recognition they deserve for putting others ahead of themselves. However we can only do that if we get nominations, so I’d urge everyone to nominate their friends and family members who make a difference.”

Ray Spencer, from the Customs House theatre, said the awards were the best night of the year and added: “We have got some remarkable people with remarkable stories who every day walk that extra mile to make it the community it is.”

Johnston Press Group Editor Joy Yates said: “Over the years, we have paid tribute to some of the most inspiring people you are ever likely to meet and I’m sure this year will be no different. We need our readers to come forward with nominations so we can rightly honour our community heroes.”

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.

So now all we need are entries for this year’s Best of South Tyneside awards.

You have until April 10 to come forward with your nominations and we want you to inundate us.

We want to make this a year when the judges have to think extra long and hard when it comes to drawing up the shortlist because the standard of entries is so high.

Once the April deadline for entries is reached, the judges will meet a few days later to narrow down the field.

And those elite causes making it on to the shortlist will be invited to the finals night, to be held at the Quality Hotel in Boldon on June 25.

We will be featuring stories on many of the excellent candidates in the weeks to come to help show what a fantastic community we have. All it needs now is for our readers and website followers to take a few moments, put their personal favourites in the running, and let us do the rest.

n Once you have decided on who to put forward, just fill in the form attached or send your entry online at