The Destination Nene Valley (DNV) partnership has unveiled the finalists for the Nene Valley star, an award that has been set up to recognise the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, who have also gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that residents and visitors have a great experience in the Nene Valley.
Having received over 20 nominations from members of the public and DNV partners over the summer months, representatives from DNV partner organisations have now reduced the list to three finalists:
- Hillary Merrick – a volunteer for the Settlers of the Nene project (funded by the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme for her work at the ancestral garden at Stanwick Lakes
- Bryan Day and Pat Byrne – from Wellingborough and District Nene Angling Club for their volunteering work with the Let’s Fish programme, which is a Canal and River Trust Initiative funded through the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme and Building Bridges project.
- Buddies of Beckets – a group of volunteers nominated for their hard work and dedication at Beckets Park
- Short videos have been created to promote and showcase the work of each of the finalists and these can be viewed alongside the voting form on the nenevalley.net website. The vote is now open and will run until Monday 2 November.
Cllr Sarah Peacock, Deputy Chair of the Destination Nene Valley project and East Northamptonshire Councillor said:
“This year has been such a tough year for the tourism industry and with the Nene Valley star we want to recognise the dedication and passion of those working and volunteering across the area. The three finalists have all gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that residents and visitors have a great experience in the Nene Valley, regardless of the wider situation.
“We have three very worthy finalists and I cannot wait to see who will be our very first Nene Valley star.”
The Destination Nene Valley project is led by East Northamptonshire Council who work with local tourism partners and the Nenescape Landscape partnership to build on existing framework to better position and promote the Nene Valley.
The winner of the Nene Valley star will be awarded with a trophy, small prize and free publicity and promotion via nenevalley.net
To vote for any of the finalists, please visit https://nenevalley.net/see-and-do/discover/nene-valley-star/ and fill out the short form.
For more information about the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme visit www.nenescape.org