As part of the Council’s 2021 Centenary programme we want to recognise the contribution made to the Borough and Northern Ireland as a whole by the unsung heroes of our Community.
Supported by the Northern Ireland Office’s Shared History Fund through the National Lottery Heritage Fund
There is no doubt that people make places. As part of the Council’s 2021 Centenary programme we want to recognise the contribution made to the Borough and Northern Ireland as a whole by the unsung heroes of our Community, both living and also those who have now passed but are worthy of recognition as part of this programme.
In 2020 the spotlight shone on the amazing community spirit of the Borough as people came together to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This big hearted spirit of our people has been around throughout the Centenary. We want to take the opportunity presented by the Centenary to highlight and recognise the ‘unsung heroes’ of our Borough who in recent years and times past have made a positive contribution to community life, perhaps never before acknowledged.
The people of Northern Ireland are known to be big hearted, creative, good humoured, hospitable and resilient people. The distinctive traits of people of this part of the world, have shaped who we are and created Centenary Citizens worthy of recognition in this significant year.
Do you know of someone who has or had that big hearted spirit people of this place are known for and who shaped their community in a positive way across any of the categories above? Tell us their story and why you are nominating them to be one of our Centenary Citizens in 2021.
Once final entries are received a selection process will be applied to choose final centenary citizens. These citizens will be invited to have a photographic portrait taken. The portraits will be curated into an exhibition for display in Council Galleries with all individuals to receive their own portrait and a bespoke gift created by a local artist in recognition for this honour. For those being honoured posthumously a treasured photograph can be updated into a portrait for the family of these citizens.
In addition, all those nominated including family of posthumous nominees will be invited to attend a special evening concert in Theatre at The Mill (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).
So if you know of someone in your community who exhibits the qualities outlined above and who has shaped their community in a positive way or contributed to the story of Northern Ireland in a way not previously fully recognised, please tell us their story and why you are nominating them to be one of our Centenary Citizens in 2021.
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