North Ayrshire’s new Provost Recognition Awards has now officially kicked off.

The awards are a variation on the previous Provost’s Civic Pride Awards dinner, which came to an end after nine years, and will recognise and celebrate local legends across North Ayrshire’s various communities.

Provost Ian Clarkson said: “I am absolutely delighted to be launching the Recognition Awards.

“With a brand new format, the awards and ceremonies will take place in May 2020 in each of the six North Ayrshire localities - North Coast and Cumbrae, Garnock Valley, Irvine, Kilwinning, Three Towns and Arran.

“Our new approach will see the award events aligned with our locality partnerships which will see more local people being rewarded for the excellent work they carry out.”

Nominations will be open until Friday, March 20 and the award category groups are as follows:

· Community Group of the Year

· Citizen of the Year

· Young Citizen of the Year

· and the Special Achievement Award

Once the nominations are in, the locality partnerships will be involved in the shortlisting candidates and we hope to get lots of local people get involved to celebrate the people or groups who make a difference to the community.

If you know someone who deserves recognition, vote online now at: