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Dual award presentation at cabinet

South Tyneside Council has had a double dose of success after been presented with two awards.

The Mayor of South Tyneside formally received a certificate from Councillor Ed Malcolm, Lead Member for Resources and Innovation and Chair of South Tyneside Armed Forces Forum, in recognition of the support the Council provides to the Armed Forces community across the Borough.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, also presented the Mayor with a trophy from the Living North Awards recognising The Word, National Centre for the Written Word.

The Mayor said: "It was a real honour to formally accept this external recognition on behalf of the Council.

"These awards are not easily secured and are a result of the hard work and dedication of the numerous teams and individuals in the Council.

"More importantly it shows our commitment to the people of the borough who are the ultimate beneficiaries of these achievements."

South Tyneside Council was officially awarded the Silver Employer Recognition (ERS) Award from the Ministry of Defence in September 2016. The award is given to employers who support military personnel and inspire other organisations to do the same.

Councillor Ed Malcolm said: "I was proud to present this award to the Mayor in recognition of our efforts to go above and beyond when it comes to supporting our Armed Forces.

"However, we are not complacent and I am determined to continue to lead strengthened support for the Borough's military personnel, reservists and their families."

The Word was awarded Best Regeneration and Restoration Project at the Living North Awards on in November 2016.

The award recognises excellence in place regeneration. It was presented to South Tyneside Council in recognition of the importance of The Word as the first phase of the £100m redevelopment of South Shields Town Centre and the significance of the building as a new national centre celebrating the written word.

Councillor Alan Kerr said: "I was delighted to advise Council that The Word had been awarded this accolade at the highly acclaimed Living North Awards.

"The judging panel described the building as a 'beacon' for the region - delivering both a successful community hub and a major new attraction with visitors from far and wide.

"Since opening in October 2016 The Word has welcomed over 110,000 visitors and received extremely positive feedback. Residents of the Borough have also truly embraced this new home for Libraries, Open Zone and Visitor information."


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