A celebration of the county

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A new set of awards has been launched to celebrate everything that makes Northumberland a brilliant place to live, work and visit.

The WOW awards, which stands for What’s On Where, are a chance to give recognition to the attractions, businesses, events and more that help make the county so good.

They have been organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the News Post Leader and its sister titles the Morpeth Herald and Northumberland Gazette, and in conjunction with Tweeddale Press’s Berwick Advertiser.

Running for the first time, the awards are also an opportunity to promote the county and all that is great within it.

There area 11 different categories for which you can put yourself forward, or nominate somewhere that you think should win.

For details, see the story on the right for a list of categories.

The awards are a celebration of entertainment and leisure across the county and are backed by companies such as the Banks Group, which is sponsoring the Community Event of the Year category.

Katie Perkin, communications manager, said: “The quality, range and diversity of events held in Northumberland will make the Community Event of the Year Award extremely competitive, and we’re very pleased to be playing our part in recognising the achievements of many local people, groups and businesses throughout the county.

“As a company that has worked in Northumberland for more than 30 years, we know that a great deal of behind-the-scenes commitment and effort goes into creating and running the events which add so much to the life of the area, and which are enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike.

“Any kind of gathering is eligible for the award, from one-off landmark events through to regular community occasions and get-togethers, and we’d encourage as many people as possible to put their achievements forward for consideration by the judges.

And Northumberland County Council is backing the WOW Weddings award.

Coun Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, said: “Weddings are increasingly important to the local economy of Northumberland and the council’s registrars who carry out the marriage ceremonies are busier than ever.

“Our Marriage Made in Northumberland campaign has been a huge success with more people than ever choosing to tie the knot in our wonderful county.

“We work really closely with more than 70 stunning venues across the county so we’re proud to support this local initiative to recognise and reward the very best that Northumberland has to offer.”

To be in with a chance of winning, fill in the application form below and send it to WOW Awards, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1PN, by Monday, February 10.

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Thursday, March 20.

Alternatively you can enter online at www.northumbe rlandgazette.co.uk