APPEAL FOR NOMINATIONS: President Paul Beere and Bob Garton
APPEAL FOR NOMINATIONS: President Paul Beere and Bob Garton

TEESDALE and District Lions Club is offering residents the chance to acknowledge local heroes who went the extra mile to help people during the pandemic.
From neighbours, friends and carers to healthcare staff and shop owners, the club wants to help honour those people who made a difference.
Bob Garton, from the Lions, said: “The club does accept that it is so hard to differentiate and highlight individuals or groups who have stepped up – because everyone has a story to tell.
“But we have decided that the theme for the decorated tree at this year’s Christmas tree festival at St Mary’s parish church is ‘local hero’.”
The festival is on between December 8 and December 12.
Mr Garton said: “Local people can simply notify the Lions Club of the name of their local hero, stating briefly what they did, together with their own name, and a Christmas bauble will be created in honour of that person and placed on the Lions tree for everyone to see.”
To nominate someone, people can phone 03458 335962, or email paul.
Handwritten requests can be made via the postbox inside the Teesdale Mercury shop at 24 Market Place, Barnard Castle.