This is the 23rd successive year we have held these awards for local heroes.

That makes them the longest running awards of their kind in the South West.

They celebrate people who have done extraordinary things. Some have saved lives, some have cared for others, some have raised huge sums for charity or have made a real difference to their communities.

Others have faced adversity or illness with great courage.

This year there are 12 wide-ranging categories including, Gold Star 999 Hero, Gold Star Life-Saver and Gold Star Young Hero so please nominate that person you know deserves to be recognised.

All of the finalists will be invited to lunch at the Bristol Harbour Hotel on December 5th.

Since the awards were launched in 1994 we have celebrated some remarkable people. They have ranged in age from children of four years old to people in their 90s.

Each of them is special to us and will always have a place in our hearts.

If you have a moment do look through the list of Gold Star categories on this web page. And if you know a member of your family or a friend or neighbour or someone who has made a real difference to people’s lives, then you can nominate them for a Gold Star Award.