County’s heroes honoured

In the back, Al Vazin, Keith Laws, Councillor Liz Simpson, Brian Bennett, and front Scott Bramwell and Dylan Howe.

In the back, Al Vazin, Keith Laws, Councillor Liz Simpson, Brian Bennett, and front Scott Bramwell and Dylan Howe.

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Eight Northumberland residents have been honoured as local heroes for the contribution they make to their community.

The county-wide awards scheme, Northumberland Local Heroes, has highlighted how much good work is done by local people and groups for the benefit of neighbours and their local area.

Coun Liz Simpson, deputy business chair at Northumberland County Council, presented awards at County Hall to residents who have been involved in voluntary work for the community.

Amongst those awarded was Keith Laws, who was recognised for his work for the British Legion in Newbiggin by the Sea. His efforts have included fundraising money to open the Wall of Honour and maintaining the memorial garden.

Dylan Howe and Scott Bramwell, both ten, were recognised for their dedication to improving the estate they live on in Cramlington by tackling vandalism.

Al Vazin, owner of Al’s Superstore in Ashington was also honoured for his continued support for his local community through his high street store.

Brian Bennett was honoured for volunteering his time to provide media support to Ashington Cricket Club and Ashington Football Club. Brian has been volunteering for 40 years where he has dedicated time to building up the clubs reputation and putting Ashington on the map for sport.

Jack Hearn, ex serving fusilier in world war two, who lives in Cramlington, received his award for supporting and represent the British Legion and still parades at the age of 91. Jack was also recognised for his participation and coaching in Judo for over 60 years. Jack still attends a local club as an honorary coach.

Morpeth couple Brian and Suzanne Stanley were also honoured. Suzanne was recognised for her active role in community events in Swarland and Newton on the Moor including fundraising and support of the Vyner Park Charity while actively promoting the preservation of her local area.

Brian was nominated for his dedication to the Swarland Village Hall Trust and his work as editor and reporter of the Newton on the Moor and Swarland Parish Council magazine.

Coun Simpson said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to the request for nominations, showing how much our heroes are appreciated for the effort they make for their communities.

“These are great examples of how local people contribute to their neighbourhood and environment.

“The nominations have highlighted how much good work is done by local people and groups for the benefit of their neighbours and local area. It’s good to praise and acknowledge the excellent work being done by those people and we’d like to encourage more people to get involved.”

The nominations were made in three categories; good neighbours, businesses supporting their community and community champions.

Coun Simpson added: “We know that there are a lot of heroes in our county but we need our residents’ help to find them and show our appreciation.”

Nominate a local hero at hero.northumberland.gov.uk