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It’s awards time again and we are looking forward to celebrating success and achievement in different walks of life.

The major awards events organised by The News fall towards the end of one year and the beginning of next, so late summer is a busy time as we organise the upcoming events.

After Friday’s Health Awards, the next to be staged are The Guide Awards.

We launched this year’s contest last week and I am sure that once more we shall be inundated with nominations for individuals, groups and establishments who have all proved to be a shining example to others.

One thing is certain again – the judges’ task will not be a simple one.

They’ll choose from category short lists which we shall publish towards the end of next month and the awards themselves will be presented at what will I am sure be another great night at the Kings Theatre in Southsea on Monday, November 14.

They are followed by the We Can Do It! Awards, then at the start of next year the Business Excellence Awards and finally the Sports Awards.

Each is showcased in an awards night and over the years there have been many happy scenes as courage, success, and innovation have been rewarded.

It’s part of our determination as a newspaper to ensure that, as well as reporting the ‘bad’ news that inevitably comes our way every day of the week, we also accentuate the many positives in life.

Over the years, the five award schemes have given us hundreds and hundreds of upbeat stories and pictures and I am sure that this year will prove to be just the same.

Of course, many of those stories come about because readers take the trouble to nominate individuals and groups, so please look out for details on how to suggest a worthy winner.

Good luck to all those who are nominated for awards this year – and thank you for helping us to celebrate the many good things about life in this area.