New venue announced for this year’s Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney Awards ceremony
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An exciting new venue has been announced for this year's Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney Awards.
The awards honour those who go above and beyond to help their communities, giving local residents the recognition they truly deserve.
With the event back for a third time, organisers have moved the ceremony to Ivy House Country Hotel in Oulton Broad to accommodate more guests.
Organiser Mick Parker, from Parker Communications, said the previous venue - The Hotel Victoria in Lowestoft - had been a fantastic host over the past two years, and would still play a very important part in the event as a sponsor.
He said: 'The awards have now moved onto the next level and we decided on a new venue so we can invite more guests to celebrate with us and make the whole thing even bigger and better.'
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Keith Parton, manager of Ivy House, has offered the venue free of charge.
He said: 'We are delighted to host these awards. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate to local people and businesses the quality of what we do at the Ivy House.
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'These awards are a great way of acknowledging the tireless efforts of ordinary people in our community and I am confident there is scope to grow them into something much bigger.'
Nominations are still open for the 10 award categories. They are Young Person of the Year, Outstanding Sporting Achievement of the Year, Community Group or Champion of the Year, Outstanding Bravery, Team of the Year Education Star, Uniform Services, Veteran of the Year, Charity Worker of the Year and Unsung Hero/Heroine of the Year.
Due to the change of venue, a date for entries to close and the ceremony will be announced shortly.
This year's headline sponsor is Kingsley Healthcare.
Wasantha Darshana, marketing director, said: 'Our company headquarters are in Lowestoft and we are always keen to play an important part in our local community.
'The people nominated for these awards are our unsung heroes who make Lowestoft a great place to live and work.'
The event is being sponsored by a range of local businesses, with The Journal and our sister papers the Beccles and Bungay Journal and Eastern Daily Press once again media partners.
To make a nomination, follow the Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney link on our homepage where you will find an online form.