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Diamond day for Burnley, Hapton and Padiham Jubilee champions
COMMUNITY champions from Burnley, Hapton and Padiham will be honoured tonight in the borough’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee awards.
More than 300 nominations were made for the one-off competition, run by Burnley Council, which celebrates the selfless service offered by individuals, firms and organisations, to mark the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.
And Mayor of Burnley Coun Charlie Bullas will be handing over the gongs at Burnley Mechanics to the most deserving cases.
The likes of Cafe Artisan, in Standish Street, will battle it out with 2BR and Warburtons for the business with community links award.
Later a six-strong shortlist, including Daneshouse FC, Brian Roche, Stan Heaton, Sir John Thursby students, Burnley Tornadoes and Alan Smith will compete for the sports contribution honour.
In the running for the young people’s prize are the Burnley Air Training Corps, Charlotte Brigden and Lee Stinton, while the community contribution award will be contested between Burnley’s Pupil Parliament, Thomas Boothman and Oliver Daley.
Forging stronger community relations is a category which could see Building Bridges Burnley, Changing Futures, Sir John Thursby students again, SMILE and the Space Bus walk away victorious.
Brenda Rochester, of Canalside Community Association, Alan Scholes and Pendleside Hospice are the community champions nominees.
Coun Bullas is also getting the chance to select his own shining star, with Pendleside Hospice, the Street Pastors and Eddie and Mary Cliff vying for his pick.
A borough council spokesman said: “This event is about celebrating the people of Burnley and what makes them and this town so special.”
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