Specsavers are asking people in the Cookstown area to nominate family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues who best capture the Spirit of Northern Ireland with the launch of the Specsavers backed 2017 Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards.

The annual awards ceremony, which will again be televised by UTV, seeks to honour all those who make a difference across Northern Ireland and takes place on Friday, June 16 at the Culloden Estate and Spa Resort.

Local inspiration

Brian O’Kane, Cookstown store director and Specsavers NI Chair said: ‘Each year we are humbled and inspired by the incredible stories that are received and I have no doubt that this year will be no different.

'These awards celebrate all that is good about Northern Ireland. So, we are asking people in the Cookstown area to make a nomination ahead of the closing date on Friday 5th May 2017.’

Ten categories

This year’s categories are: Unsung Hero, Overcoming Adversity, Spirit of Youth, 999 Hero, Charity Champion, Spirit of Health, Spirit of Education, Caring Spirit Award, Spirit of Sport and Overall Spirit of Northern Ireland Award.

£150 eyecare voucher prize draw

Everyone who submits a nomination will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a £150 eyecare voucher and a VIP experience at the awards, including an overnight stay at the Culloden, courtesy of Specsavers.

Celebrity hosts and guests

Hosting the awards this year again will be UTV’s Marc Mallett and Pamela Ballantine, and just like previous years, the audience will be filled with many local celebrities supporting the event and eager to hear the finalists’ incredible stories. Soap and drama fans had their pick of household names at last year’s event from the likes of Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Holby City, Game of Thrones and The Fall.

For details on the awards and tickets phone 028 9076 0066 or emailing: mail@jcomms.co.uk

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