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Do you know a local person who deserves to be recognised for their hard work helping the youth of South Holland?

The Lincolnshire Free Press is delighted to announce that nominations for the inaugural Dean Herd Memorial Prize are now open.

The annual prize (including a trophy and cash prize) will be presented in June each year to a local community leader who has made a difference to local youngsters.

The prize is awarded in memory of Dean, who died in November, following a battle with cancer. As a respected member of the Spalding community for over 50 years, he will be a familiar face to many readers.

Dean worked in the family fish and chip shop in Spalding until the late 1980s. It was later, when he worked as a milkman, after meeting and helping the elderly or vulnerable as part of his daily milk round, that he realised he wanted to become involved in social care.

It was this experience, as well as his previous work with Ajax Junior Football Club, that led Dean to work with at-risk children in social care.

Dean joined the Spalding Royal British Brass Band as a teenage cornet player, as well as being county bugler for a time.

One of Dean’s great passions as a member of the Royal British Legion Band was playing in the annual remembrance parades.

Dean was granted the honour of being invited by the local fire brigade to play at the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres, (Belgium), as well as performing the role of bugler for the Western Front Association on Pilgrimages to the war cemeteries in Northern France.

One of his aims was to give local youngsters the chance to learn to play a brass instrument and when he became the musical director and chairman of Spalding Brass Band he was able to put programmes in place to make that happen.

Dean was also one of South Holland’s most respected youth football managers. For over 20 years he ran Ajax Athletic Juniors.

The judging panel – Philip and John Henson (who established the prize), Deans’s mother Pamela, and the editor of the Lincolnshire Free Press Jeremy Ransome) – will consider all nominations after the May 31 closing date and the winner will be announced in the Spalding Guardian in June.

Email details of your nomination to spaldingeditor@jpress.co.uk, saying in no more than 100 words the reasons why you think they deserve to be awarded the Dean Herd Memorial prize.

Or cut out the nomination form and send it – along with your reason for nomination on na separate piece of paper – to Dean Herd Memorial prize nominations, Lincolnshire Free Press, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AB.