Finalists revealed for the first Best of Wigan Awards

Entries have been pouring in and the shortlist can now be announced for the Wigan Observer’s inaugural Best of Wigan Awards.

Sponsored by Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic, the contest is set to honour the people who have made a real difference in our borough.

Whether they have helped to save a life, raised money for a good cause, taken action to protect the environment, impressed in the sports arena or done another inspirational act, the nominees have all gone the extra mile.

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The panel of judges was very impressed with all of the entries and the winners of each category will be announced during a special ceremony at the DW Stadium on Friday, December 2.

The inaugural Best of Wigan Community Awards

Judge Gaynor Clarke, chief reporter for the Wigan Observer and Wigan Post Weekly, said: “It is the first time we have held the Best of Wigan Awards and the standard of entries was fantastic. I always knew our borough was full of unsung heroes and our list of nominees certainly proves that.

"Good luck to everyone and thank you for making a difference.”

Tickets for the Best of Wigan Awards are now on sale at www.bestofwigan.co.uk

999 HERO AWARD

The awards ceremony will be held at the DW Stadium

Brian Belshaw

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Kevin Harper

ACT OF BRAVERY AWARD – Sponsored by HW Moon Toyota

Lillie Caie-Birch

Chief reporter Gaynor Clarke
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Oliver Allison

CHARITY FUND-RAISER AWARD

Erica Parkinson

Martin Tarbuck

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Nigel Brookwell

Paul Townshend

COMMUNITY CHAMPION – Sponsored by Fairhurst Accountants

Fran Halliwell

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Jeff Picton

Interact Northwest Ltd

Peter Hill

FAMILY OF THE YEAR

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Sarah Gee and Darren Barnett

The Sherburn Family

GRASSROOTS SPORTS AWARD – Sponsored by Wigan Warriors

Colin Parker

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Gavin Alker

Lisa Woods

Paul Selby

GREEN CHAMPION AWARD – Sponsored by Wigan Council

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Give it a Grow Wigan

Mosley Common in Bloom

Shell Guest

Wigan Little Pickers

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HEALTH HERO AWARD

Elizabeth Renouf

Jill Silcock

Margaret Sanders, Rebecca Melling and Ellen Maxwell

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Marie Sanders

INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG ADULT – Sponsored by Wigan and Leigh College

Katie Allen

Keely Hodgkinson

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Sponsored by Winstanley College

Brian Halliwell (Posthumously)

Susan Gibbons

YOUNG PERSON OF COURAGE – Sponsored by St John Rigby College

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Ella

Louie Martland

Olly Johnson

PRIDE OF WIGAN – Sponsored by Wigan Athletic

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Joseph’s Goal

Paul Baxendale

Paul Lally

Place 2 Place

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AMBASSADOR AWARD

To be announced on the night