Statement from the Editor: Press awards postponed

WE’RE no different than anyone else in these unprecedented times and, so, the Press has had to postpone our sixth annual Community Champions Awards.

The event, which had been scheduled to run in the Glen Pavilion on Friday, June 12, is now due to take place on Friday, October 30 at the same venue.

It is important to stress that, for those people who have already nominated a person, club or group for an award in one of our categories, all existing entries will still be included.

We hope to relaunch the event at the end of April, however, entries remain open. The new deadline for entries to be received is Thursday, July 23.

To nominate, and for updates on the awards, visit the website
These are the toughest of times but when the going gets tough, the West Fife community gets going and our event in October will no doubt be a celebration of the extraordinary community spirit we have already seen in this area.

Press editor Simon Harris said: “It’s been our privilege to already report on some incredible acts of kindness, generosity and community spirit in West Fife in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and we’re only at the start of this crisis.

“For sure, our lives have been changed dramatically, possibly for some considerable time, and it is a time of great uncertainty and worry.

“But our Press awards have always been about celebrating the positives, sharing stories of strength and spirit, courage and community, stories that inspire and bring us together.

“The outstanding community support already on display during this time must be recognised and rewarded and our Community Champions Awards on October 30 will allow us to do that.

“With your help, we can honour and celebrate the selfless, unsung heroes who are going the extra mile to help us all pull together and get through this. Nominate them now, at the website above, and we can give them the recognition they so richly deserve when all this is over.”

We hope you understand that we have also had to cancel the sales of the Press in the Kingsgate Shopping Centre each Thursday indefinitely.

The Press is affected equally by this crisis. Our entire editorial and advertising teams are working on their own, from home, and are putting the paper together in the best way we can. Sadly, not being in the office means that some features, such as our popular lookback From our Files, will need to be suspended since we can’t access the archives in our files.

But we are very much here for you and want to hear and report your stories and concerns, both relating to the pandemic and on other issues entirely. Yes, this virus is of grave concern and is dominating our lives just now. But it’s not the only thing in life – as many in West Fife are demonstrating – and we’d love to hear your news so we can share your stories with others.

There are many ways to get in touch with us – via our email address, via the Dunfermline Press Facebook page or through the Send Us Your News function on our website.

Keep in touch and look after each other.