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Evening News begins search for community heroes

posted 3 May 2011, 05:53 by Alistar Frater
Community heroes across Edinburgh and the Lothians are set to be honoured in the Evening News' Best Of . . . 2011 awards.

The Edinburgh Airport- sponsored awards, launched today, feature six categories: Best Youth Initiative Scheme, Best Community Project, Best School Champion, Best Sports Fan, Best Pub and Best Takeaway.

Readers can nominate their favourites in each category from tomorrow until May 13, before voting begins.

The awards were created last year to honour people in the Lothians who go above and beyond the call of duty for their community - and those who provide the best pints and takeaway food.

Editor of the Evening News, Tom Little, said: "The Evening News launched the 'Best Of . . .' awards last year to recognise some of the efforts that are made to enrich all our lives in Edinburgh and the Lothians - everything from good neighbours to the best fish and chips. Our readers took the awards to their hearts and we had a fantastic response.

"With our new partner Edinburgh Airport, I am delighted to take these awards into their second year, and hope they will be even more popular this time."

The winners will be presented with their award and prize at a ceremony held in the News' offices next month.

More than 14,000 votes were cast last year, with the winner of the community award, Mohammed Liton, receiving more than 3000 nominations. He was closely followed by the Best Bar winner Graham Blaikie, who owns the Mercat

Evening News promotions manager, Ruth Hunter Pepper, said: "The Best Of . . . awards offer readers a chance to celebrate the people and places that enrich their lives."

Father-of-three Mr Liton raised more than £3000 in less than two years for causes including the Sick Kids hospital and charity Clic Sargent.

The 46-year-old from Craigmount urged readers to nominate their favourites for this year's awards.

He said: "There are plenty of people doing good work for the community but you don't know them because they're doing it behind the scenes. It's very important to make sure that people are recognised."

There will be a nomination coupon printed in the Evening News every day until May 13. Readers can also e-mail their nominations. Full details will be published in tomorrow's Evening News.

Managing director of Edinburgh Airport, Kevin Brown, said: "We know that there are some truly astonishing stories of commitment to communities in Edinburgh. We look forward to hearing this year's stories and helping to reward the winners."


Source: Edinburgh Evening News