Local nominations for Angus awards

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THE FINALISTS of the Angus Ambassador Awards 2011 have been revealed with many local people in the running for recognition.

Hundreds of applications were received and the judging panel say they spent many hours deciding who should get to the final.

And Provost Ruth Leslie Melville said the list of finalists in the running for awards is impressive.

She explained: “Every year we are greatly encouraged by the talent and entrepreneurship of the people and businesses in Angus.

“They all have in common their pride in our county, and the Angus Ambassador Awards is the ideal way to recognise this.”

Local nominees in the community category include former sheriff Norrie Stein for his work with Arbroath’s CAFE Project after being a founder member of the group in 1996 and since working tirelessly to support and fund the project.

Also nominated in that category is Arbroath High School for their extensive extra-curricular sports programme for pupils, and the fact it has established links with community clubs.

The Abbey Theatre is short-listed in the cultural category for their work which includes producing six plays a year and involving both children and adults in the local community.

Organisers of Arbroath Sea Fest are recognised in the tourism award for running a successful two day event at the marina since 1997 and seeing attendance since then more than double from 10,000 to 28,000.

And the Year of the Light committee is also nominated for the tourism award for organising activities and creating press attention from around the world for the 200th anniversary of the Bell Rock lighthouse.

Meanwhile in the youth category, Carnoustie musician Ailsa Russell is recognised after receiving the prestigious Harry Mortimer Memorial Trust award and being a talented horn player.

Fellow Carnoustie resident, Ailsa Summers is nominated for the youth award for her success in golf and having represented both Angus and Scotland at many tournaments.

The final youth nominee is Kirsty Soutar from Arbroath who despite suffering from dyslexia, has flourished both academically and personally at Angus College, becoming a health officer and member of the student council.

The gala awards ceremony will take place on November 25 at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel where Andrea Brymer of STV will host the evening.

A full list of nominees are: Business - Intervention Rentals, Montrose; Building Workshop, Kirriemuir and Gemini Corrosion Service, Montrose. Community - Norrie Stein, Arbroath; Montrose Air Heritage Station; Arbroath High School. Cultural - Angus Open Studios; Abbey Theatre, Arbroath; Montrose Air Heritage Station. Tourism - Arbroath Seafest; Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club; Year of the Light. Youth - Ailsa Russell, Carnoustie, Ailsa Summers Carnoustie and Kirsty Soutar, Arbroath.