FINALISTS in North Yorkshire County Council’s annual Community Awards have been announced.

This year’s awards attracted 66 nominations for 64 groups and individuals.

From these, 17 were shortlisted and visited by judges over the last couple of months.

The winners will be revealed at the North Yorkshire wider partnership conference on October 26. The winner of each category will receive £1,000 for the project, group or nominated relevant local charity in the case of the volunteer awards.

Two runners-up in each category will receive £250.

Now in their fourth year, the awards celebrate the county’s unsung heroes and chair of the county council, Robert Windass, said: “It has been wonderful to see and hear about the amazing work that is being done by volunteers in our communities across the county. The panel of judges has had a difficult but rewarding job in selecting our finalists.” They include the Great Ayton Discovery Centre and the Catterick Garrison Clean up Crew.