SUNSHINE BALL 2015: Nominate your rays of Sunshine

Photo Neil Cross The 2014 Visitor Sunshine Ball at The Midland hotel, Morecambe Ivan and Samantha Harrison of The Nice n Sleazy Festival receive their award from Chris Whitehead of Morecambe Press
Photo Neil Cross The 2014 Visitor Sunshine Ball at The Midland hotel, Morecambe Ivan and Samantha Harrison of The Nice n Sleazy Festival receive their award from Chris Whitehead of Morecambe Press

It’s time once again to spread a little sunshine into people’s lives.

This year The Visitor will host our Sunshine Ball and awards night for the sixth year running.

And as always, we would like our readers to help choose the award winners.

Sponsored once again this year by Wright and Lord Solicitors, the Sunshine Awards recognise people in our community who make a difference.

There are so many unsung heroes in Morecambe who selflessly help others or who have an outstanding record of achievement. Our Sunshine Awards seek to give them a deserved pat on the back.

Nominees and winners are invited to a gala black-tie ball each year at the art deco jewel in Morecambe’s crown, the Midland Hotel.

This year’s event will take place on Friday, May 1 and we already have exciting plans lined up for the night.

But first, we need you to nominate.

Email, write, tweet, or Facebook us with your nominations. Who deserves a Sunshine Award?

In each of the reader categories, we will compile a short-list of three finalists.

This year, this will be based on the quality, and not necessarily the quantity, of the nominations.

Also brand new this year, alongside our traditional Unsung Hero, Community, Sport and Entertainment, we have added a Young Person award.

We will also, as always, present our Sunshine Ambassador and Business awards at the Sunshine Ball. These awards will be chosen by panel vote.

Here are the reader categories where you can nominate:

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: 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.

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.

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.

YOUNG PERSON: The Sunshine Young Person award will be given to a young person, of age 18 or under, who has contributed to our community; perhaps through giving up their time to raise money for charity, or through an outstanding record of achievement in any field.

HOW TO NOMINATE

We want you to send us your nominations in any, or all, of the reader categories.

You can nominate in writing to: Morecambe Sunshine Awards, Editorial, The Visitor, 41 Northgate, White Lund Industrial Estate, Morecambe, Lancs, LA3 3PA.

By email to greg.lambert@jpress.co.uk .

On Twitter. Please tweet your suggestions to @the_visitor and please include #sunshineawards in your tweet.

On Facebook. Please post your suggestions on our Facebook group www.facebook.com/thevisitornewspaper .

The closing date for nominations is Friday, March 13. Please state clearly the category, the name of the person you’re nominating, and why.

We will reveal the finalists in The Visitor, then open the voting for the winners to the public. Check www.thevisitor.co.uk for updates.

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Sunshine Ball. They cost £45.

As well as the awards, auction and raffle, there will be a three-course dinner and live music from top Morecambe singer, the charismatic Stuart Michaels. Limited tickets for this black-tie gala night are now available by calling 01253 361844.