ORGANISERS of the awards ceremony that recognises Andover’s unsung heroes are ensuring those who have gone above and beyond during the Covid-19 crisis will not be forgotten.

This year’s Pride of Andover awards, which would ordinarily have been held in October, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event will instead return in October 2021. However, this year’s nominations will remain open as usual so that the efforts of residents in recent months are remembered and celebrated, despite the recent upheaval.

A statement from the organisers read: “So far, 2020 has been an unprecedented time for all of us, and it's these difficult circumstances which has seen communities come together to help and support each other.

“So, we need your help to remember all those incredible people by nominating them for an award.

“All nominations received will be carried over, ensuring no one is forgotten when nominations open again next year.”

A total of 11 awards categories have been listed supported by a dozen local businesses. The categories, and their sponsors, include:

  • Spirit of Andover Award – David Mellor Family Jewellers
  • Heart of Gold Award – New Street Dental Care
  • Sue Sheppard Award – The Commercial Centre
  • Services Award – Ocado
  • Community Champion Award – The Breeze
  • Young Person of the Year Award – Bear Behind Ltd and The Carpet Cleaning Lady
  • Inspiring Others Award – Aspire Defence
  • Arts Award – The Rock House
  • Fundraiser Award – Andover Vision
  • Mayor of Test Valley Award – Bulpitt Print
  • Sports Award – Andover Leisure Centre and Places Leisure

Nominations will open as normal from July 1. Those interested in nominating someone will have two months to do so until the deadline of midnight on August 31.

You will be able to nominate someone by going to the event’s newly revamped website,