Nominate your unsung heroes

Last year's Young Citizen of the Year Charlotte Rawlings, left, with John Bercow MP, Runner-up Young Citizen of the Year, Jeremy Goss and David Jackson, Rotary President

Last year's Young Citizen of the Year Charlotte Rawlings, left, with John Bercow MP, Runner-up Young Citizen of the Year, Jeremy Goss and David Jackson, Rotary President

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It’s time to celebrate those unsung heroes who do so much for their community.

The Rotary Club of Buckingham has launched its annual Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year competition, in association with Buckingham Town Council.

And they are looking for your nominations.

The Rotary Club wants people to nominate exceptional local people for their service to the community.

The Buckingham Young Citizen of the Year Award is open to nominees aged up to 16. The Buckingham Citizen of the Year Award is for those aged 17 and over.

The competitionis open to residents of Buckingham and surrounding villages within seven miles of the town.

Nomination forms can be picked up from Bartletts tea room on the High Street, and completed nomination forms should be handed in at Bartletts by Friday, June 3.

A panel of judges from Buckingham Rotary will choose the winners, who will be presented with their awards at a ceremonyon Buckingham Civic Day on Saturday, June 18.

Civic Day is once again being organised by the Buckingham Society to give the people of Buckingham the opportunity to celebrate their town.

This year the society plans to revive an old Buckingham tradition of the ‘Feast Day’.

In the past, an ox would have been roasted and, while the society is not going quite that far, quality food and soft drinks will be available in the courtyard of Clay’s Butchers from 11am.

There will also be music from Buckingham Choral Society outside the Old Gaol from 10am and Linda Watkins will be playing and singing in Clay’s courtyard.

As in previous years, proceedings will be opened by town crier, Russell Cross.

Buckingham MP John Bercow and town mayor Andy Mahi will present the awards to the Buckingham Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year.

They will also present cheques to local groups which raised funds for charity through the Rotary Swimathon in March.