It’s time to salute our Community Stars

The 2010 Chichester Observer Community Award winners at last year's gala ceremony with host Fred Dinenage of Meridian TV
The 2010 Chichester Observer Community Award winners at last year's gala ceremony with host Fred Dinenage of Meridian TV

This Sunday people from across the Observer area will come together to celebrate the unsung heroes who make our communities tick.

Yes, that’s right, it will be the ceremony for the fourth annual Observer Community Awards, held this year in conjunction with our main sponsor, Rolls-Royce.

And we have had such a good response. For the past two weeks staff here at the Observer offices have been inundated with thousands of voting forms and text votes, with people keen to see their favourite community people crowned.

With all the votes counted, the glittering trophies ready to be handed out, and all the nominees and members of the public invited, the stage is set for a very memorable evening indeed.

The presentation will once again take place in the wonderful surroundings of Chichester Festival Theatre, with doors opening at 3.30pm for a 4pm start.

Observer editor Colin Channon said he was very much looking forward to it.

“This is the moment everyone has been waiting for. The event always uncovers some remarkable and very inspiring stories.

“It is very important to thank all the people who have been nominated, they all make an amazing contribution to society and their work should be recognised publicly, which is why I wanted to start these awards when I came to the Observer.

“For everyone involved it really is a privilege to be able to meet and speak to our award winners.

“Although it’s a busy time of year, having the awards in the run-up to Christmas is very uplifting and we look forward to welcoming everyone on Sunday.”

Host for the evening will be friend of the Observer, regional television news presenter Fred Dinenage, while there will also be a couple of performances during the course of the evening to keep everyone entertained.

There will be awards for 17 categories voted for by our readers, and an additional Observer Award for Special Achievement, which is decided by a panel of judges.

As ever, the Observer would like to thank the CFT, all our category sponsors, and of course, you the public for taking part.

Anyone can attend the awards evening, just turn up and find yourself a seat.

The Observer looks forward to seeing you all on Sunday, December 17, for what promises to be a wonderful evening.