Nominations sought

Historic Scotland has launched a national drive to recognise and celebrate the young ‘Heritage Heroes’ of Grampian who give their time selflessly to protect, maintain and support the nation’s historic environment.

In conjunction with the Young Scot scheme, the agency is asking people to nominate deserving youngsters for this prestigious award, which joins 12 other categories in the annual contest that culminates in a lavish prizegiving ceremony in April.

Now in its seventh year, the Young Scot Awards celebrate the outstanding and unsung achievements of Scotland’s young people.

The awards aim to counter the often negative perception of today’s youth, and seek inspirational individuals aged eleven to 26 who have a positive difference by improving their community.

Chief Executive of Historic Scotland, Ruth Parsons said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Heritage Hero’ award again this year. Our heritage, which is known and celebrated throughout the world, helps define who we are, and forms a key part of our culture.

“It is extremely encouraging to see so many young people with a passion for Scottish history.

“Their enthusiasm for the stories that reveal so much about the nation’s character and identity, and their desire to share this knowledge with others, is an inspiration we can all draw hope from.”

The categories which join the Heritage Hero award range through sport and arts to health and volunteering.

Three finalists in each category will be selected, and invited to attend an awards ceremony at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel, on April 26, when the winners will be revealed.

Those wishing to nominate a Heritage Hero can find full details on the Young Scot website, at www.youngscot.org. Nominations can be made until February 26.