Bake Off champion is put forward for award

Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn switched on the town's Christmas lights in November

Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn switched on the town's Christmas lights in November

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She lit up our TV screens and then our Christmas lights – Bake Off queen Frances Quinn did much to raise the profile of the town last year.

And the Great British Bake Off champion was this week put forward for a Pride in Harborough Award.

She fits the Raising the Profile of the Town category well after millions tuned in to watch the Harborough woman claim the crown last October.

Her rise to fame resulted in her being asked to switch on the town’s Christmas lights on The Square last November.

We launched our sixth annual Pride in Harborough Awards last month.

The event aims to thank the many people across the district community who work tirelessly to help others or have helped to put Harborough on the map.

We will be holding a gala presentation evening in April where the award winners will be announced.

The Mail is again grateful to receive the support of Market Harborough Building Society which is the main sponsor.

There are 11 categories in which to nominate people.

They are Young Achiever, Raising the Profile of the Town sponsored by The Angel Hotel, Inspire a Generation sponsored by The Three Swans Hotel, Fundraiser of the Year sponsored by Nomad, Service with a Smile sponsored by Adams & Jones, Excellence in Education sponsored by Stanair, Friendly Neighbour sponsored by Seven Locks Housing, Care in the Community, Outstanding Example of Bravery, Unsung Hero sponsored by CDS Global and the Community Investment Award.

Mail deputy editor Alex Blackwell said: “The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups who we know work so hard to make the Harborough district such a special place to live and work.”

LighterLife in Harborough came on board this week as a sponsor for the certificates.

Among the big winners last year were Market Harborough Rotary Club, community radio station Harborough FM, Scouts, teachers and carers.

A panel of judges will select the winners, who will receive their awards at the presentation evening at The Three Swans Hotel in Harborough on Thursday, April 10.

The deadline to nominate someone for an award is Friday, March 14. For more information, sponsorship or tickets, call Linda Bailey in our events team on 01536 506105.

How to nominate

Write in no more than 500 words about the person or group you wish to nominate, making sure to include your and their contact details and post it to:

Pride in Harborough Awards, Newspaper House, Ise Park, Rothwell Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 8GA.

Or you can email

Alternatively, fill in the online form on our dedicate Pride website.

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