Nominating stage now open for The Visitor Sunshine Awards 2016

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Our Sunshine Awards are coming back for a seventh consecutive year.

And once again we would like you to help us honour the people of Morecambe.

This is your chance to nominate individuals and organisations who deserve a pat on the back.

The Sunshine Awards will be presented at a black tie gala night at the Midland Hotel on Friday, May 13.

But first, we need you to help us decide the winners in five categories.

UNSUNG HERO: The Sunshine Unsung Hero award will be awarded to an individual who deserves recognition for their work in the Morecambe community. He or she could be a charity or community worker, a teacher, a group leader or anyone who sums up the term ‘unsung hero’.

COMMUNITY GROUP: The Sunshine Community award will be awarded to a community group. This could be an organisation, charity or similar. The winning group will have made a positive difference to the community of Morecambe.

ENTERTAINMENT: The Sunshine Entertainment award will be given to an individual or group who has produced sterling work in the field of Morecambe entertainment, whether it’s in music, dance, performance arts, theatre, TV or comedy. The winner could be a performer, a teacher, an arts worker or anyone involved in entertainment who is connected to Morecambe, a town with a great tradition in the field.

SPORT: The Sunshine Sport award will be given to an individual or a team who have excelled in the sporting arena. This could be a Morecambe sportsperson of any age, or a manager, trainer or coach, or a team.

BUSINESS: The Sunshine Business Award will be given to a Morecambe business who has either excelled in the past year, contributed greatly to the local economy or been a mainstay of the town for many years. For the first time this year, readers can nominate for the Business Award.

You can nominate for the Sunshine Awards in the following ways.

Online: Click here to nominate

By email: Send the name of your nominee and a reason why they have been nominated to greg.lambert@jpress.co.uk

By social media: Message us the name of your nominee and a reason why they have been nominated at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thevisitornewspaper or our twitter @the_visitor

By letter: Write to us with your nominee and reason at Sunshine Awards, The Visitor, 41 Northgate, White Lund, Morecambe, LA3 3PA

The closing date for nominations is Friday, March 18. A shortlist of three will then be drawn up in each category and a public vote will open.

We are delighted that Wright and Lord solicitors of Morecambe will once again sponsor the Sunshine Ball and our main honour, the Ambassador Award. The ambassador award recipient will be chosen by The Visitor editorial team.

Other award sponsors are the Arndale shopping centre (Business), Costain (Community Group), Specsavers (Unsung Hero), Cumberland Building Society (Sport) and The Visitor (Entertainment).

Tickets are now on sale for the ball and cost £49. The awards night includes a three-course meal and live music from Stuart Michaels. To book please call 01253 361844.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2015

Ambassador - Morecambe Football Club

Unsung Hero - Barbara Mortensen

Community Group - West End Impact

Entertainment - Kieran Engelke

Business - Gerry’s Fishing Tackle

Sport - Frank Wilkinson

Young Person - Georgia Hannam

2014

Ambassador - Eric Morecambe

Unsung Hero - Annette Smith

Community Group - Morecambe Bay Foodbank

Sport - Ken Richardson

Entertainment - Nice ‘n’ Sleazy festival

Business - Battersby Silver Grey

Culture- Howard Rogerson

2013

Ambassador - Cedric Robinson MBE

Unsung Hero - Emma Hamilton

Community Group - Homestart Lancaster and Morecambe

Sport - Scott Thornton

Entertainment - Ivan Harrison

Business - Pedder Street News

2012

Ambassador - The Heartbreaks

Unsung Hero - Don Holroyd

Community Group - Morecambe Brass Band Association

Sport - John McGuinness

Business - James Baxter & Son

Entertainment - Joyce Warrington MBE

2011

Ambassador - Paul Hayes

Community - Raj Patel

Sport - Alan Gale

Green - Furniture Matters

Business - Morecambe FC

Entertainment - Kathryn MacDonald

2010

Personality - Ronné Coyles

Community - Tony Smart MBE

Sport - Ryan Done

Entertainment - Simon Armstrong

Business - Morecambe Bay Wines