DD8 shortlisted for Britain Has Spirit

One of the many bands at the Bon Fest..

One of the many bands at the Bon Fest..

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Kirriemuir’s DD8 Music has been shortlisted for the regional Britain Has Spirit campaign, which celebrates the work of volunteers.

The recognition comes shortly after the annual Bonfest event and the unveiling of the Bon Scott Statue, all of which is done to the efforts of DD8.

Britain Has Spirit is a new initiative searching for Britain’s best volunteers, and DD8 has been named in the Scotland and Borders’ regional shortlist.

The next stage will see the public vote for both individual and group nominations, with voting open from today (May 16).

Scotland and the Borders’ winner of ‘Regional Community Initiative of the Year’ and ‘Regional Community Hero of the Year’, will each be awarded with fantastic prizes including a fun experience day and £1,000 towards a street party.

Winners will then automatically be put into the national Britain Has Spirit vote where the two national winners will be awarded £25,000 each towards a local good cause.

The campaign was launched in response to research by Together Mutual Insurance, which highlighted the lack of community spirit across the nation.

The campaign, fronted by TV favourite Gabby Logan will culminate in a glitzy awards ceremony later in the year where the two national winners will be announced. Gabby Logan said: “The public have a very important job to do. Scotland and the Borders have some incredible volunteer groups and standout individuals, all of whom, worthy winners. However there can only be one winner per category per region – so it’s incredibly important you vote for your favourite and get them one step further to the national prize of £25,000. Think of the difference £25,000 could make to a small or modest community project!”

Votes can be cast online at www.britainhasspirit.com.