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York Festival has teamed up with Minster FM to celebrate the achievements of North Yorkshire’s most inspirational people.

Global icon Lionel Richie, pop superstars Westlife and British music legends Madness will headline next summer’s brand-new live music festival at York Sports Club between Friday June 19th and Sunday June 21st.

And organisers are delighted to announce York Festival will be the headline sponsor of Minster FM’s Local Hero Awards 2020.

The heart-warming annual awards – which are now in their 18th year – honour local champions of all ages who go the extra mile to help their local communities.

Peter Taylor, director of York Festival organisers Cuffe and Taylor, said: “York is a brilliant city and we cannot wait to bring a brand-new three-day festival here in June.

“We are delighted to be supporting Minster FM’s Local Hero Awards. These wonderful awards celebrate and recognise the amazing work of local community champions and they are something we are proud to be involved with.”

The Local Hero Awards evening will be held at York Racecourse on Friday February 28th and will be hosted by the Minster FM Breakfast Show presenters Ben Fry and Laura Castle.

Laura Harland, Minster FM’s Sponsorship, Promotions and Events Manager, added: “We are excited to welcome York Festival on board as the headline sponsors of our 18th annual Local Hero Awards.

“The awards are always a brilliant and heart-warming evening that honour our local heroes. Nominations are already flooding in and we cannot wait for the big night on February 28.”

The 13 individual award categories are:

Child of Achievement Award

Neighbour Of The Year Award

Parent or Guardian Award

999 Emergency Services Award

Sporting Hero Award

Teacher Of The Year Award

Make a Community Difference Award

Best Boss Award

Volunteer Of The Year Award

Bravery Award

Charity Fundraiser Of The Year Award

Environmental Hero Award

Ultimate Local Hero Award

To nominate your local hero go to

The closing date for nominations is Sunday January 26.

For more information and tickets for York Festival 2020 go to

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