Suffolk: Nominations provoke range of emotions as Stars of Suffolk shortlist is drawn up

Sponsors and organisers of the Stars of Suffolk Awards gather at Portman Road for judging on Wednesd

Sponsors and organisers of the Stars of Suffolk Awards gather at Portman Road for judging on Wednesday, 8 October. - Credit: Su Anderson

Tales of courage, determination and community spirit were heard yesterday as judges gathered at Portman Road to shortlist candidates for this year’s Stars of Suffolk awards.

Entries have flooded in, in recent months, with this year’s awards having 13 categories and two special recognition awards.

Terry Hunt, Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times editor, said: “As always, the judging process involved so many different emotions. But the most important feeling was very uplifting.

“It’s on occasions like this that we remind ourselves just how many kind, compassionate and good people we have in Suffolk. So many so-called ordinary people doing extraordinary things – and in many cases not realising it.

“When we start contacting the finalists, we know that many will be absolutely gobsmacked that someone has considered them worthy of an award – but they certainly are.”

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The final of Stars of Suffolk 2014, supported by The Ipswich Star and sister paper the EADT, and organised by Mick Parker, of Parker Communications, will take place on November 27 at Suffolk New College.

The category sponsors this year are: Hintlesham Hall, Suffolk County Council, BBC Radio Suffolk, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust, Ramada Encore, Cipher Crystal, Ipswich Hospital, Flagship Housing, Hudson Signs, Costa Coffee, Fred Olsen and Elmy Cycles.

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