The North West Fusion Awards will take place at King George’s Hall this year.

The event recognises people from across cultural and religious backgrounds who work hard to help and boost their communities.

They remain the only awards of their kind in the region and feature finalists from twelve different towns and cities.

The awards will be held on Saturday, May 24 at King George’s Hall for the first time.

Organisers are hoping to host the biggest event ever and celebrate the regeneration going on in the centre of town. The high-profile event has been held at Ewood Park, Blackburn for the previous six years.

Martin Eden, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Director of Culture, Leisure and Young People, said: “We are very pleased and excited to have the Fusion Awards at King George’s Hall this year. This should be a wonderful event and will celebrate the diversity and community spirit across the borough.”

The nominations are for: Man of the Year; Woman of the Year; Community Group of the Year; Community Cohesion Award; Entrepreneur of the Year; Youth Leadership Award and Public Service Award.

Individual awards on the night will be presented for the Uclan Education Achievement Award, the Aksa Homes Young Neighbourhood Champion; the Mumtaz Ellahi Community Sports Award and Achievement in Sport Award.

For further information and tickets call: (01254) 298263.