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Search launched for Gosport citizen award nominees

By Connor Steel

GOSPORT RESIDENTS have been invited to celebrate the outstanding services of organisers, fundraisers, volunteers and helpers across the borough as part of an ‘annual’ competition organised by local councillors; who are now seeking nominations for the 2024 “Citizen of the Year Award” and the Junior counterpart for the under-eighteen age year group.

The award is returning for 2024 after a hiatus lasting since 2019 and has been running for a time of over thirty years in conjunction with the ‘Mayor of Gosport’, who is currently Cllr Martin Pepper. It aims to award those residents who have shown exemplary service to the wider community, voluntary sector, event organisers or people outside of their families.

Candidates need to have made a positive different to life in Gosport and other residents; the council outlining examples such as organising community groups, taking a neighbour or a vulnerable adult to the shop every day. This may further include volunteers at huge community events held across the borough which proved to be very popular during the year.

Cllr Pepper added: “Hearing about the hugely positive contributions people make in the community is humbling and it is great to be able to be part of recognising them. We all know an unsung hero who does great things without making any fuss. They often go unrewarded but now is the chance to give them the recognitions they deserve and nominate them.”

Nominations must be submitted by March 31 and all winners are scheduled to receive their award at the annual “Mayor Making” Ceremony on May 15; which will follow the 2024 local election. All readers can find out further information and download a nomination form on the link whilst the team can be contacted using email or by phoning on 02392 545 340.

PICTURED BY ALAMY (FFECEX): An aerial photo of Gosport with the City of Portsmouth visible in the far background.