Nominations for the annual Kingston Mayor's Community award opened yesterday.

The mayor's office said that Councillor Thay Thayalan, Mayor of Kingston, was looking for people who have given up their own time to help other people or the community and who may deserve recognition for their supreme effort, strength, bravery or achievement.

There is also a special youth award for any Kingston resident under the age of 21 who have in some way set a positive example for their peers in the area.

Cllr Thayalan, who is a former recepient of the award, said: "The Mayor's Community Awards are an opportunity to recognise and honour those who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication.

"Having received a community award myself in 1990, I know the importance of thanking those who have devoted time and effort to benefit others.

"Do you know any amazing people in your community that could use some recognition and appreciation? Please nominate them."

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday March 18 from 12noon to 2pm in the Council Chamber, Kingston Guildhall.

Last year, the award honoured 12 members of the Kingston community (pictured) including children's Campaigner Timothy Blackburn and a group of volunteers for the Macmillan Cancer charity at Kingston hospital among others.

For more information, or to nominate someone, visit the Mayor’s Community Award webpage at www.kingston.gov.uk/mayorsawards. The deadline for nominations is 10am on Friday 8 February 2019.