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NOMINATIONS have now closed for the 2011 Pride in Fenland Awards. They will now be passed to the judges, who will have the difficult task of picking the winners.

The latest people and groups put forward for the awards include Billy King, of Manea, who was nominated by Mona Waters for his community efforts.

Good neighbour Lillian Oakey, of Chatteris, has been nominated by Elsie Harlock.

Elsie said: “Lillian is one in a million, offering a sympathetic ear, calm reassurance, sensible advice and practical help. I really don’t know how we’d cope without her caring support.”

Maurice Short, of Manea, has been nominated by Stephen Emery who said: “If you live in Manea, Maurice has touched your life.”

Carol Alderton, of Murrow, has been nominated by Mr T Skeels, for her role in running Wisbech Phab Club.

March charity shop Open Chest has been put forward by Nicky Barton. The team of dedicated volunteers sort and clean goods and clothes to raise money for local charitable organisations.

Michael Shelley, of Parson Drove, has been nominated by Gavin Booth. Michael is a stalwart of the Amenities 95 Committee and the booking secretary of the village hall.

Laurie Finch, of Chatteris, has been put forward by his wife for his work with Chatteris Youth Tennis Club. He gives up his Saturday mornings to coach youngsters and even organises tournaments.

Paul Reitman has been nominated by Luke Venni for his work at the Ferry Project in Wisbech. He is a highly committed volunteer who dedicates a lot of his time and is seen to be a role model and educator to the hostel residents and young Future Jobs Fund employees.

Simon King, of Wisbech, has been nominated by David Edwards for his work on behalf of Wisbech and the Bramley Line.

Lynsey Holding has put forward the Smarteenies, a Drinksense Young Persons Advisory Group from March. The group has designed a new campaign leaflet for young people about alcohol and the law.

Anita Barker, of Wisbech, has been nominated by Simon King. Anita and her husband John set up the Wisbech and District Cancer Support group which has raised thousands of pounds.