THE Tiptonian of the Year Award will be presented at the end of November, so organisers are urging the public to put forward their nominations for the 2013 title.
Organiser Robert Williams told the Bugle:
"If there is anyone you know who is making a special contribution to Tipton and its community, we would like to hear about them.
"They may be a friend, relative, neighbour or work colleague doing tremendous work for a local charity, protecting the local environment, doing voluntary work, looking after an elderly or handicapped person or involved in local community work.
"If you feel that someone had improved the quality of life for others, or helped to improve our town of Tipton, then please let us know."
The award is organised by Tipton Civic Society to recognise the kind of selfless work which all too often goes unnoticed and taken for granted.
Awards are presented to the winner and a runner-up at a special dinner on Saturday 23rd November, along with cheques for their charities of choice, and a commemorative trophy.
The Tiptonian of the Year Award was established in 1992, and was the brainchild of Barry Whitehouse and Robert Williams. Robert took on the job of organising the event that first year and has continued right throughout the award's history.
The first winner was Ray Brothwood, nominated for his prodigious fundraising for disabled children, and Ray subsequently became a member of Tipton Civic Society committee, later becoming chairman.
Since 1995 the award has been sponsored by the Tipton and Coseley Building Society, who also funded the Tiptonian Roll of Honour board which is now on display inside Tipton Library.
"I'd like to say that in the 23 years since it started, we've had some tremendous nominees, winners and runners-up. It's just a shame they can't all win.
The standard of people that come through to us has been fantastic, and I hope their wonderful work continues. They really do help to improve life for people in Tipton and the surrounding areas.
"And the award means such a lot to those who win it. Who can ever forget the way Sid Watson danced on the tables at the Royal Oak after receiving the winners trophy in 1994? Or Jenny Morris, the first female winner the following year?"
2013 will be the 22nd Tipton of the Year Award, but who will be the 22nd winner? The organisers want to see your nominations, so if you know of someone whose selfless devotion to helping others makes them deserving of the title, let Tipton Civic Society know about them. Nominations must be completed on official nomination forms, which are available from all libraries within the Tipton area, from St Paul's Centre in Tipton, from Brook Street Community Centre just off Bloomfield Road, or by calling Robert Williams on 0121 553 1751.