UNSUNG heroes are being sought by Knutsford Town Council to celebrate their contributions to the community.

The annual Town Awards are in their seventh year, and recognise individuals, businesses and community groups.

Town Mayor Cllr Andrew Malloy said: “The awards are an ideal opportunity to recognise unsung heroes, those who go above and beyond to support our local community, whether an individual, community group or business, young or old.

“Please send us your nominations and give us as much information about the nominee as you can; let's reward those who truly deserve it.”

The awards, which have been sponsored by the Knutsford-based Forum of Private Business since they started, will be presented on April 27 at Knutsford Academy.

Ian Cass, managing director of the Forum said: “The Forum of Private Business are delighted to be sponsoring the Knutsford Town Awards again this year.

“We have been based in Knutsford and part of this wonderful community for over 40 years, and it's a pleasure to be able to give something back to support the wonderful individuals and businesses who contribute so much to the town.”

The town council is looking for nominations in the following categories.

Civic Award – presented to individuals who give their time voluntarily to undertake work in the community.

Business Award – recognises a business which has supported or worked with the community.

Youth Award – presented to someone aged 21 or under who gives their time to support the community.

Community Award - for a voluntary organisation delivering a service to the community.

Nominations to the 2019 awards inspired a new category open for nominations in 2020, the Extra Mile Award, which last year went to Knutsford Town Ranger Bob Garner.

It will be presented to someone who as part of their paid job goes above and beyond to the benefit of the community. Also new for 2020 is the Knutsford Schools’ Sustainability Award.

Children are encouraging businesses to make 2020 the year they reduce plastic and boost their green credentials, and have launched the sustainability award for businesses which have made a significant contribution to making Knutsford ‘plastic free’.

The award will be decided by the new Knutsford and District Youth Council. Award nominations close on March 31, and can be submitted by clicking here or via a paper form in the library, market hall and Welcome café.