Who is your champion of the North?

The search is on for this year's champion of the North-East whose "bold endeavour" has bought credit to the region.

The search is on for this year's champion of the North-East whose "bold endeavour" has bought credit to the region.

Nominees are being sought for the Northumbrian Association's Hotspur Award, which carries the name of one of our most famous sons, Harry Hotspur.

Previous winners have included artist Anthony Gormley for his Angel of the North, the Duchess of Northumberland for the Alnwick Garden, Brendan Foster, founder of the Great North Run, and Frank Atkinson, creator of Beamish Museum.

Gateshead Council became the first corporate winners in 2005 of the award, a silver spur based on the famous Charlton Spur of North Tynedale, for the development of the borough as a cultural centre.

Mike Tickell, chairman of the Northumbrian Association, said: "Any one of last year's nominees would have been a worthy winner and their names will go forward automatically for this year's judging.

"The judges have a hard job, as there are many ways in which individuals make their contribution. Amongst the great strengths of our region are the resilience, talent and character of its people.

"Help us to celebrate these with our own award, which is genuinely from the people to someone who inspires or serves us today."

To nominate, write the name of the person and a sentence on why they deserve it, including your own name and address, to: The Northumbrian Association, PO Box 1169, Sunderland, SR5 9AA or email committee @northumbrianassociation.co. uk

The cut-off date for nominations is April 30, judging takes place in May and the winner will be announced at a special dinner in June.

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