Last chance to nominate a young hero

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TIME is running out to give a special little one the chance to take pride of place on a parade float coming to town to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Readers have got until Friday to put forward outstanding youngsters for the prestigious spot.

The Gazette has teamed up with Community Action Dacorum, which is organising events to celebrate the royal landmark on Monday, June 4, to launch the search.

As part of the revelry a big Diamond Jubilee parade will snake its way through Hemel Hempstead’s town centre and we’re looking for a boy or girl aged between eight and 12 who can represent the town’s next generation, taking pride of place on one of the parade floats.

The winner could be someone who has shown great courage in facing disability, sickness or adversity, a budding sports star, a caring child who raises money for charity or a youngster who provides crucial care for family members – it’s up to you to tell us who it should be.

Mark Mitchell from Community Action Dacorum said: “Time is running out to give your little star the chance to take centre stage on one of our parade floats to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

“This is a great opportunity to show a special young person how much we appreciate what they give back to the community.”

To nominate a Young Jubilee Hero all you have to do is email editor John Francis ( and say, in no more than 200 words, why your nomination stands out from the crowd.

We’ll also need the name and contact details for the child’s parent or guardian, and your connection – you might be a family member, representing a school or other body.

Nominations must be received by midnight on Friday, March 23. The pick of the nominations will go forward to a public vote. Full details will be featured in the HeraldExpress’ sister paper, the Gazette.