THE cream of the district's young people will be honoured when the Tendring Youth Awards return this summer.

Nominations are now open following the success of last year's event.

It was a spectacular evening at Clacton’s Princes Theatre and there is every reason to expect another high standard of entry aimed at highlighting the numerous successes of our young people and their commitment to the community.

Nominations are open to young people aged between 11 and 21 who live, work or study in the Tendring district.

A panel of judges will draw up a shortlist of finalists, who will be invited to a glitzy presentation evening at the Princes Theatre on July 10.

There are eight awards for young people who have demonstrated characteristics such as courage, determination, kindness or dedication.

There is also a special award for an unsung hero - an adult who has helped young people achieve their full potential through volunteering, mentoring, coaching or work.

The Bright Futures project, Tendring Council, Clacton, Frinton and Walton Gazette and the Harwich and Manningtree Standard have teamed up again to organise the awards, which were run for the first time last year.

Council leisure boss Lynda McWilliams said last year's ceremony had been an "amazing" evening.

"We often hear the negative stories about youngsters but I am proud to say that we have many excellent caring young people in Tendring and this is our chance to recognise that and put the spotlight on them," she said.

“I would urge people to come forward with their nominations so that we have another strong list to select from.”

Dominic Bowers, of the Gazette and Standard, said the papers are happy to bust the myth that the media are only interested in bad news and negative headlines.

“We are the first to enjoy celebrating the achievements of our young people, whatever the circumstances and in whatever field; whether it is on the stage, in sport, at school or in the community,” he said.

“It is now down to you to come up with the nominations that will ensure we have another great ceremony at the Princes Theatre where so many deserving individuals will collect their accolades.”

To nominate a young person for one of the awards, simply download the form here Nominations form 2017 (2).pdf and return it to Tendring Youth Awards (Nominations), Bright Futures, 5 Russell Road, Clacton, CO15 6BE.

The form is also available in the May 4 edition of the Clacton, Frinton and Walton Gazette, and the Harwich and Manningtree Standard on May 5.

The closing date for entries is June 9.