Have you nominated anyone for a Stars of Suffolk award?

Gainsborough Community Library are presented with the Team of the Year award by Deborah Cadman of Su

Gainsborough Community Library are presented with the Team of the Year award by Deborah Cadman of Suffolk County Council. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

The deadline is looming for nominations for the 2015 Stars of Suffolk awards - don’t miss your chance to honour a loved one, neighbour or even a stranger who helped you in your hour of need.

Each year the awards culminates in an emotional ceremony where guests hear of outstanding personal achievement and amazing acts of bravery.

Last year the audience were stunned to hear how experienced hill walker and climber Andrew Beal, of Trimley St Mary, risked his life to rescue a fellow climber who had fallen 300 metres on to a glacier in Ben Nevis.

Mr Beal took home the bravery award as well as the overall Stars of Suffolk Award.

The judges also praised firefighters Mark Webster and Ian Brown. The duo were called to a block of flats in Felixstowe where an occupant was threatening to blow up his flat by smashing the gas meter with a hammer.


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After an hour stand-off with the police, he went ahead and smashed the meter, causing a huge explosion.

The brave firefighters battled the flames and made it safe for the armed response team to safely enter the building and arrest the occupant.

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Nino Severino, the husband of the late Elena Baltacha, won the sporting achievement award. He helped the tennis ace start the Elena Baltacha Tennis Academy, which encourages children from all walks of life to take up tennis, helping to change the elitist reputation which the sport can have.

But there were many more great stories from the nominees and winners, each and every one a hero in their own way.

There is still time to nominate someone you know for this year’s awards - maybe it will be your way of thanking them or showing them that people really do appreciate the lengths they go to?

You can find a full list of categories and the nomination form here. Closing date, October 1.

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