Final call for Highland Heroes nominations
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The deadline for nominations for this year's Highland Heroes is only days away.
Readers have until midnight on Saturday, August 31, to put forward someone they feel deserves recognition in one of the 14 categories – and be in for a chance to be named overall hero of the year.
The judging panel will sift through all the worthy nominees to create a shortlist, which will feature in a special supplement so readers can vote for their favourite.
The winners will be announced during an award ceremony at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness on Thursday, November 7.
The event will be co-hosted by broadcaster and columnist Nicky Marr, who will be dressed this year by In Stitches, in Nairn.
The independent boutique and dressmakers, specialises in wedding and occasion wear – all one-off, unique outfits in sizes from 6 to 30, with matching accessories and an in-house alteration service.
In Stitches proprietor Carol Woodhouse is proud to be the official host sponsor, as she knows a thing or two about heroes.
She said: "Most of my life I've been involved with the RAF and its many heroes. My father is a 95-year-old veteran, being in World War II, flying weather forecast aeroplanes, then among other roles being the test crew of the first Vulcan – embarking on dangerous top secret missions.
"My husband was also in the RAF for 40 years and was in conflicts such as Borneo and the Falklands. I worked in the signals office for a number of years, so have met quite a few heroes over the years."
The Highland Heroes awards will also include a sumptuous three-course dinner and spectacular music and entertainment.
Independent estate agency Tailormade Moves, In Inverness, is delighted to be the entertainment sponsor at the event for the second year running.
Managing director Morna Eadie said: "We can't wait to see who'll be entertaining us this year... last year was such fun!"
She added: "This is such a fantastic awards ceremony with so many ordinary local people doing extraordinary things on a daily basis. It's just great to see them being recognised and awarded for their efforts.
"The Tailormade team are really looking forward to the night and will have their hankies ready again! There wasn't a dry eye among us last year. There will be so many stories that will touch people's hearts."