Galloway’s stars nominated for awards

THE cream of Galloway’s crop have been nominated for regional awards this week for playing their parts in community life.

Dumfries and Galloway Life magazine announced the finalists for their annual awards and revealed that Wigtown, Whithorn, Stranraer, Drummore, Newton Stewart and Kirkcudbright feature strongly.

Fundraiser Anne Barclay, who works tirelessly to promote the work of Cancer Research UK amongst other things, has been put forward for volunteer of the year.

And another Wigtown star, Zoe Bestel, is in the top three for the artist/performer or maker of the year “for creative artists in amy medium”. The 15-year old singer/songwriter, who released her debut single this year which went into number three on the Amazon folk chart, has gone from strength to strength in 2012 with appearances at the Wickerman Festival and Eden Festival, and a showcase at HMV in Glasgow, amongst others.

Also in for a top title is the Whithorn Community Hub, nominated for community project of the year. The hub, in the grounds of the primary school, is aimed at being at outdoor teaching space and free meeting spot for the community.

Newton Stewart Highland dancer Ellis Hayes is featured as a nominee in the young achiever section. Ellis won last year’s special award from the magazine, holds 60 champion titles at the age of just 14 and has performed at Edinburgh Castle and in front of X-Factor judges.

In the enviornmental champion section are Alec and Reena Peebles from Drummore, who are noted by the community for their efforts in keeping the village clean and tidy and spying on seaweed for potential dangers.

Also in the Rhins, the Mull of Galloway Experience has been nominated under tourism champion. The project, a partnership between RSPB, The Northern Lighthouse Board, South Rhins Community Development Trust and the Gallie Craig Coffee House aims to offer a spot worth visiting for visitors to at Scotland’s most southerly point.

Kirkcudbright artist Hazel Campbell is nominated under culutre champion for her part in the Spring Fling Open Studios along with the town’s picture framer Jacqui Ringrose for her Free for All artist scheme.

Stranraer’s Robert Tossnie is in for sports champion of the year after excelling at athletics across the country.

Business person of the year nominee Carolyn Kennedy of Prana Hair and Beauty in Castle Douglas pushes traineeship through her business and was nominated for her emphasis on this.

The chef of the year award could go to Paul Somerville of the Selkirk Arms in Kirkcudbright for his passion is using local ingredients and under the food/drink producer section is Jimmy craig of Ballard Butchers, Castle Douglas.

Finalists will be announced on 29 November at a ceremony in the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries.