Gosport residents are being asked to nominate the borough’s greatest organisers, fundraisers, volunteers and helpers as the search for the borough’s citizen of the year begins.
Gosport Borough Council is seeking nominations for the annual Citizen of the Year award and its junior counterpart for under-18s.

Candidates need to have made a positive difference to life in Gosport, which could be anything from organising community groups to taking a neighbour to the shops every day.

The award, which has been running for more than 30 years and is returning this year after last being awarded in 2019, in particular looks for those living in the borough and showing exemplary service to the community, voluntary sector or people outside of their family.

Mayor of Gosport Cllr Martin Pepper said: “The presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Young Person of the Year awards is a highlight of Gosport’s civic calendar.

“Hearing about the hugely positive contributions people make in our community is humbling and it is great to be able to be part of recognising them.

“We all know an unsung hero who does great things without making a fuss, so often they go unrewarded but now is the chance to give them the recognition they deserve and nominate them for an award.”

For more information or a nomination form, visit www.gosport.gov.uk/citizenoftheyear, email democratic.services@gosport.gov.uk or call 023 9254 5340.

Nominations must be submitted by 31 March and the winners will receive their award at the borough’s annual mayor making ceremony on Wednesday 15 May.