ONE of the biggest occasions in the Manx social calendar takes place tonight (Thursday) when Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence event takes place at the Villa Marina.
More than 1,000 people will attend the event, which recognises achievements in the private, public and charity sectors.
There were more than 100 entries for the awards and 48 finalists were chosen by an expert panel of judges.
The finalists will find out on the night who has won each of 16 categories.
There will also be a special award for lifetime achievement.
TV star Clive Anderson will host the event, which will be attended by the Lieutenant Governor, Chief Minister and leading members of the island’s business, charity and political communities.
Richard Butt, editor of Isle of Man Newspapers, said: ‘While we know that there are problems in the island and further afield, this is an opportunity to be positive. It’s a celebration of the many successes of the island over the past 12 months.
‘I know our deputy chairman, Trudi Williamson, and her team have been working hard on the event since the end of 2011’s. They always come up with a fantastic evening and they are promising some special surprises too.’
The event’s principal sponsor is Royal Bank of Scotland International.
You can watch the live stream online at www.iomtoday.co.im/afe.