COMMUNITY heroes are being honoured for putting other people first.

The names of individuals, community groups and businesses shortlisted for the 2023 Knutsford Town Awards.

Mayor Cllr Houghton said: “I know we say this every year but everyone on the shortlist should be incredibly proud that someone has taken the time to put their name forward for recognition for what they do for Knutsford.

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“I am really looking forward to celebrating their achievements with them at the awards ceremony.”

Knutsford Guardian: Wrap Up Knutsford at a community event last yearWrap Up Knutsford at a community event last year (Image: Knutsford Town Council)

Three Civic Awards will be presented to individuals who give their time voluntarily to undertake work in the community.

Seven people shortlisted include Judy Clifford, Joe Godden, Gemma Jackson, Rob Lyons, Ken and Louise Rhodes and Claire Sawyer.

A Business Award will be given to a business which has supported or worked with the community.

Detaljer, Dan Belcher, of Guys Barbers Knutsford, Morgan Edwards and Tatton Perk have been shortlisted.

Knutsford and District Talking Newspaper, The Welcome and Wrap up Knutsford are finalists lined up to win the Community Award.

The Extra Mile Award is presented to someone who as part of their paid job is going above and beyond to the benefit of the community.

This year sees three shortlisted nominees, Alison Hooper, of Egerton Primary School, Jack Street, of Johnsons the Cleaners and Miriam Wilson, of Knutsford Medical Partnership.

Knutsford Guardian: Alison Hooper, rear left, of Egerton Primary School, presenting an award last year is now in the running for the Extra Mile AwardAlison Hooper, rear left, of Egerton Primary School, presenting an award last year is now in the running for the Extra Mile Award (Image: Knutsford Town Council)

The awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Wednesday, March 15 as part of the annual town meeting, starting at 7pm.

The evening begins with a short talk from Knutsford and District Talking Newspaper.

Volunteers will explain how they bring the Knutsford Guardian to the visually impaired of and surrounding villages.

Toft Cricket Club will also present an update about their plans for a new clubhouse.

An open forum will follow giving residents the chance to raise any issues they wish to see discussed in the community.

Mayor Cllr Mike Houghton and Ian Cass, managing director of the Forum of Private Business will then announce the winners.