05 April 2013
Nominations are being sought for two of the North East’s most prestigious annual awards.
The Northumbrian Association’s Hotspur Awards honour those who, ‘through bold endeavour’, have raised the profile of the North-East.
The association, which promotes Northumbrian culture, award only two coveted accolades each year to the individual and organisation most committed to championing the region’s culture and identity.
Previous individual winners have included Antony Gormley for the Angel of the North, Lee Hall, writer of Billy Elliot and the Pitmen Painters, and Frank Atkinson, creator of Beamish Museum. Corporate winners include Teesside University and Durham County Cricket Club.
The awards – solid silver spurs –are based on the famous Charlton Spur of North Tynedale and carry the name of one of the region′s most famous sons, Harry Hotspur.
Nominations, with reasons for the choice, should be sent to Marion Bridgewood at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of April. Judging will take place in May and winners will be announced in the Autumn at Washington Old Hall.
For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.
Northumbrian Association and Hotspur Award facts
• Northumbria’, the region of the old Earldom, stretches from the Tweed to the Tees.
• The awards are named after the charismatic Northumbrian hero, Sir Henry Percy, son of the 1st Earl of Northumberland and known as Harry Hotspur. He was named for his speed in advance and readiness to use his great military and diplomatic skills across the borders of England and Scotland and beyond, to serve his region , his country and his Kings: Edward III, Richard II and Henry VI although he eventually rebelled against the latter.
• These spurs also create a link to another great Northumbrian family, the Charltons of Hesleyside. The folk tales tell that, long ago, if food in the household ran low, when the menfolk gathered at the table for their meal, Lady Charlton would place a large silver salver on the table and lift the lid to reveal not meat as expected, only a spur. The unspoken message galvanised these reiver men to ride out to raid farmsteads across the borders to bring home cattle and thus replenish the Charlton larder.
• That was yesteryear but, today, the Northumbrian Association seeks to acknowledge and celebrate similar traits of resilience, vision, strength of purpose, resourcefulness, creativity, loyalty and a willingness to rise to life’s challenges in those who have specifically promoted and raised the profile of this North East region, even against the odds or expectations.