A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION, FOR PLYMOUTH’S ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY
THE countdown has begun for Plymouth’s first-ever Armed Forces Awards taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the 11th November, and being staged on the day the city remembers the fallen heroes of the First World War – marking the anniversary of the armistice.
The inaugural event of the Plymouth Armed Forces Awards was planned for last month during Armed Forces Week, but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis, said Lei Turner, Director of Glasshouse Media and Events.
Mrs Turner, said: “The countdown has begun for the city’s first-ever Armed Forces Awards, and being held on one of the most poignant dates in the military calendar on Remembrance Day – in paying tribute to our fallen heroes of the Great War.”
“It is also a day to celebrate the city’s armed forces community and families, bringing together local companies supporting the Armed Forces Covenant, and other businesses looking at becoming a ‘forces friendly employer’ in pledging support to our vast military communities in Plymouth and across South West region,” she said.
“Top military leaders will be attending the prestigious black-tie ceremony with a three-course menu being curated by the celebrity Tanner Brothers Chris and James, alongside Army, RAF, veteran and reservist chefs.”
Mitch Turner, a Royal Marines veteran, Judge, and Plymouth Armed Forces Ambassador, said: “We are working strategically with Plymouth businesses to knock down stereotypes and perceptions that veterans leaving the armed forces are only in the security sector.”
“The Plymouth Armed Forces Awards is a time to celebrate the city’s unique relationship with the military, and never more so during the Covid-19 crisis, with all branches of the armed services and reservists working flat out to keep the country safe and running during the lockdown,” he said.
“We are taking all the necessary safety guidance advice from the government, and the Plymouth Armed Forces Awards night will go ahead as planned. We want to reassure our guests, nominees, businesses, and sponsors that we’re taking all the necessary precautions to make the event in the centre of Plymouth a great success. And looking to stage more events over the coming years. If there are any changes to the event, we’ll let all attendees know immediately,” he said.
“The Plymouth Armed Forces Awards are open and inclusive, recognising the incredible heroism and resilience of our local Armed Forces community and families.”
“We have over 70 per cent of the tickets booked and sold for the night and anyone interested in attending or, in the Armed Forces Covenant can view on our web portal.”
THE SHORTLIST OF CANDIDATES AND AWARDS
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR:
Clever Student Lets, Crowne Plaza, Plymouth City Bus, Service Design Solutions, Wolferstans Solicitors.
RESERVIST OF THE YEAR:
Ivor Farrell, Richard Greenacre, Rose Chapman, Stuart Ross, Captain Timothy Harnett
YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR:
Isla Rooney, Madison Watkins, Maisie Mead, Nathan Cooke, Rebecca Hart.
INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR:
Gordon Clark, Kevin Sproston, Gunner Robin Narain, Snowy Dyson, Wesley Grant.
VETERAN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR:
Acronyms, Clean Abodes, Fairwinds Mortgages, Imployable, Locked On Media.
ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR:
Alecia Emerson-Thomas, Carol Rashleigh, Francis Reis, Jo Penk, Steve Whiteway
FORCES INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR:
Operation Care Package, Portcullis Legal, Plymouth Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club, The Royal Navy Association, Terry Whitty.
MILITARY PARTNER OF THE YEAR:
Becky Ormrod, Frank Allen, Jeanne Reid, John Bremner, Larraine Smith.
ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR:
Jane Allen, Grant Fox, Ian Bullen, Kevin Sproston, Paul Atkin.