Don’t miss your chance to put forward your Person of the Year

Damian Wilson, Ulster Star editor, with Paul Givan MLA and Cllrs Ivan Davis and Brian Bloomfield at the launch of the Ulster Star's People of the Year Awards. US1526-509cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Damian Wilson, Ulster Star editor, with Paul Givan MLA and Cllrs Ivan Davis and Brian Bloomfield at the launch of the Ulster Star's People of the Year Awards. US1526-509cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

There is just over a week left to get your nominations in for the Ulster Star’s inaugural People of the Year Awards (See page 36).

Interest is high in the accolades that are aimed at recognising the contribution, commitment and achievements of a wide range of people in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.

Mandy Gilmore, Atlas; Pauline Wylie, NI Fire and Rescue; Fred Scott, Co-Op Funeral Care; and Gay Sherry, Atlas, at the launch of the Ulster Star's People of the Year Awards. US1526-511cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Mandy Gilmore, Atlas; Pauline Wylie, NI Fire and Rescue; Fred Scott, Co-Op Funeral Care; and Gay Sherry, Atlas, at the launch of the Ulster Star's People of the Year Awards. US1526-511cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

You can still make sure your person of the year is in with a chance of bagging an award.

To make a nominations, please use the entry form from page 26 or pick one up at the Star office, complete and return with your Entry Statement (no more than 2000 words) to julie.forde@jpress.co.uk or karen.fitzmaurice@jpress.co.uk. You can also post four copies to Events Dept, Ulster Star People of the Year Awards, 2 Esky Drive, Carn, Portadown BT63 5YY.

A maximum of two award categories can be entered, and each entry must be on a separate entry form with separate typed supporting statements explaining why your entry merits an award. This must include sections covering the following: Reasons why your entry should win addressing the category criteria, List Achievements of the past 12 months.

Individuals and/or organisations within the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area are eligible to enter or be entered. The closing date for receipt of completed entry forms is Monday 17th August.

Jeffrey Donaldson MP speaking at the launch of the Ulster Star's People of the Year Awards. US1526-514cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Jeffrey Donaldson MP speaking at the launch of the Ulster Star's People of the Year Awards. US1526-514cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

For further information or enquiries please contact Julie Forde on 028 3839 5504, julie.forde@jpress.co.uk or Karen Fitzmaurice on 028 3839 5564, Karen.fitzmaurice@jpress.co.uk. Star Editor Damian Wilson said the awards are aimed at recognising the people who worked tirelessly for local communities.

“These awards are all about the people of Lisburn,” said Mr Wilson.

“I spent large parts of my childhood on the Low Road and in those days the Low Road was a community within itself.

“Everyone knew everyone else and always tried to help their neighbours.

“Lisburn has changed a lot since then but it is still full of communities like this, from the likes of Ballymacash to the Old Warren.

“So I would ask you all to spread the word of the Person of the Year Awards as much as you can and make sure these people are nominated.”

Local MP Jeffrey Donaldson said he was delighted to give the awards his backing and said he hoped they would be a boost for the city.

The Lagan Valley MP said a lot of people were criticising the city but he stressed that Lisburn still had a lot to offer and the awards would highlight all the positive things in the city.