Passion, community spirit and creativity are all to be rewarded as the first-ever Northumberland Day celebrations take place county-wide on and around May 28.
Organisers have created very special awards – ‘The Northumbies’ – that are so far recognising Northumberland Day’s ‘Most Inspiring School’ and its ‘Best Designed Event’.
More ‘Northumbies’ could be up for grabs, if sponsors step up. These include awards for ‘Best Dressed Village or Parish’, ‘Best Dressed Town’, ‘Best Decorated Cake’, ‘Best Community Involvement’ and ‘Most Imaginative’ Celebration’. Categories could also be especially created to provide synergy with a sponsor’s business.
‘The Northumbies’ are not off-the-shelf trophies, but specially designed glass awards communicating the essence of Northumberland. Each ‘Northumbie’ is being designed by talented fused and stained glass artist, Helen Grierson, whose studio is about to expand and relocate to the newly formed Broomhill Business Park, in the heart of Northumberland
Helen is working with Northumberland Day organiser, Jane Hunt of Catapult PR, to create a design reflecting Northumberland’s past and present and the many aspects of life Northumberland Day celebrates.
The glasswork will be mounted on a wooden plinth, creating a truly breathtaking reward for those pouring passion into the inaugural Northumberland Day celebrations.
The ‘Jill Bradbury Award for the Most Inspiring School’ is sponsored by Catapult PR, creators of Northumberland Day on behalf of its client, Langley Castle.
This award is open for entry to any school that embraces Northumberland Day’s ethos and goes the extra mile to help pupils get involved and appreciate more about their county.
The ‘Best Designed Event’ Award is sponsored by Helen Grierson. There are already exciting contenders for this trophy, from heritage-focused events, to sporting occasions and street parties.
To be in contention for a ‘Northumbie’, participants need to submit initial details of their planned activities by May 19 and then provide further evidence as celebrations take place. A judging panel will determine the winner.
Jane Hunt says: “The Northumbies are going to be stunning and well-deserved prizes for those demonstrating the passion for the county that is communicated by the heart in the Northumberland Day logo. They are likely to be won by those who have gone the extra mile, or worked hard to build exciting and unique elements into their plans. We can’t wait to judge the submissions.”
Helen Grierson says: “It is an absolute privilege to be able to design and make an award that celebrate the achievements of the special people living and working in this inspiring county, in which I was born and bred.”
Visit www.northumberlandday.net for details of how to get involved, or email NDay@catapultpr.co.uk to offer to sponsor a ‘Northumbie’ award category, at a relatively small cost.
Press calls: Jane Hunt, Catapult PR, 01253 891114 – firstname.lastname@example.org