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Island daily marks 125th anniversary with new awards scheme

A daily newspaper has launched a new awards scheme to mark its 125th anniversary.

The Jersey Evening Post has announced its Pride of Jersey scheme to commemorate the landmark and celebrate the achievements of the island’s community.

Islanders will be asked to nominate possible recipients and vote in the awards via the newspaper and its companion website, ahead of a ceremony to be held in September.

Other ways the JEP has marked the milestone include a series of supplements marking the history of both the paper and the island, and its photographic archive being digitised and donated to the Jersey Archive.


Among the 12 categories up for grabs in the Pride of Jersey awards include grandparents of the year, neighbour of the year and inspirational leader of the year.

The scheme was announced on the front page of the JEP on Tuesday, pictured above.

Deputy editor Carl Walker, who is organising the awards, said: “The key for us throughout this project – and looking ahead as it establishes itself as a major annual event on the Jersey calendar – is to keep the community at the heart of the whole process.

“The entire island community is being invited to nominate people – either via the newspaper or online – and it is the community that will help us judge who the most deserving Islanders are. This will make our awards a true celebration of island life.”

Local businesses are putting up prizes worth £1,000 for each category.

JEP managing director Paul Carter said: “Like most people heading towards a milestone birthday or anniversary you tend to get reflective and take stock.

“At the JEP this was no different for us when considering our 125th Anniversary.

“We had long held an ambition to create a significant community event, something that celebrated Jersey in a way that would involve all Islanders who wanted to participate and from this ambition the Pride of Jersey was forged.”