IF YOU know someone who goes the extra mile in their community, don't miss the chance to nominate them for a Pride of Swindon award.

The honours – now in their 11th year – celebrate individuals and teams in the town who deserve to have their contributions recognised.

But the January 25 deadline for entries is looming.

Station manager at Swindon 105.5 and deputy lieutenant of Wiltshire Shirley Ludford is the founder of the ceremony.

She said: “It’s exciting to see those being recognised who are not doing what they do for attention.

"This event is all about them and their stories that inspire others.”

At the end of last year Shirley and Swindon mayor Junab Ali officially declared the awards as open and since then entries have been coming in.

Mr Ali says it’s vital that we recognise people in our community for the contribution they make, for the volunteer workers who try to make where they live into a better place.

The Adver is supporting the awards and will be reporting on the nominees.

Pete Gavan, editor at the Swindon Advertiser, said: “The Pride Awards are a brilliant way to highlight the fantastic work people do in their communities.

“I would urge anyone who has someone they would like to nominate to do it before the deadline, so that they can be recognised for the good that they do.”

The winners will have their names permanently on show on a plaque at Swindon Central Library.

Phoebe Maddison, who won a pride award two years ago, will be singing at the opening of the ceremony.

The teenager will perform two songs with one of them being an original.

The ceremony will be held at the Steam Museum, incorporating some of Swindon’s most well-known heritage with the afternoon tea honours.

Application forms can be submitted via Swindon Borough Council's website.