Keen to promote youth awards

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The final touches are being put on the plans for this year’s Gore Youth Awards.
Residents have been alerted to the fact the awards are imminent. The nominees are being showcased in the window of Irk St shop Queen for a Day and Leighway as well as featuring in The Ensign. Last year’s No 8 Wire category winner Tessa Hewlett, who is co-owner of the shop, said she was keen to showcase the event this year.
She hoped the window display would also encourage people to nominate young people for future awards. This year comedian and television personality Te Radar will compere the gala event, and video clips featuring well-known New Zealanders such as Prime Minister John Key, Jack Tame and Sam Wallace will be shown.  A sample of the videos will be posted on Facebook. “It’s such a great event,” Miss Hewlett said.
The event showcased the achievements of the youth of the district, she said.
Gore Youth Council chairwoman Olivia Samson said a selection of entertainers was set to take to the stage on Saturday. This year the theme is “Rural City Living”.
Youth council deputy chairman Alex Parish said there were about 11 acts for the night, including Jenny Mitchell and Michelle Hendricks as well as dance students from Kelly School of Dance and Jade Dance School.
Alex said the calibre of nominees was high and he urged people to attend the awards.
The awards will be held on Saturday night at the St James Theatre.