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The voting lines are now open for Portadown Person to be Proud Of for 2014.

The nominees are as follows:

1, Stephen Abraham - The proprietor of Castle Hardware, one of Portadown’s most established and well-respected businesses. He spent 12 “very happy” years with McKerr’s in Lurgan before deciding to start his own business in June 1983.

2, Maxine Chambers - She is a youth leader at Goal Line Youth Club, runs Portadown Panthers learning disability tag rugby team and is on the Portadown Cares committee.

3, Patricia Cully - Patricia helps out in St Mark’s Church with the flower arrangements and is involved with helping the children and their communion classes. She did a pastoral care course to further develop her skills and was formerly a nurse but gave that up to be a full-time mother. She helps out at Portadown Dance College and has raised money for various charitable causes.

4, James Cunningham - James may be registered blind but he has become Portadown College’s deputy head boy and has formed quite a partnership with his guide dog Bart.

5, Caroline Dawson - Caroline formed 5th Portadown Scout Group with only five members and has now expanded this across five age sections.

6, Eddie Drury - He has been heavily involved in a number of fields, including instrumental roles in the Gateway Theatre and Thomas Street Methodist Church alongside his popularity as a postman.

7, Daniel Gouveia - Daniel’s volunteer work with the migrant community includes Mayfair Centre.

Trying for a better life in a different country can be very difficult and Daniel helps make that transition much easier by dealing with everything from simple things such as completing forms and CVs to helping the search for jobs or a home.

8, Abigail Gracey - The Seagoe Primary School pupil made headlines after she got her long hair cut to help children with cancer.

9, Leslie Harrison - Leslie has become famous for feeding the pigeons in the town centre.

10, Rachel Kennedy - Rachel, a model, won this year’s Sunday Life cover girl competition and has represented Portadown at Belfast Fashion Week as well as becoming the face of clothing brand Poppy England.

11, Geraldine Lawless - Geraldine is an active community worker, member of TADA rural network, chairperson of the cross-community Scotch Street Youth Club, treasurer of Community Intercultural Programme as part of her job with USEL (Ulster Support Employment Ltd), active member of St John’s Garvaghy Road and owns Short Cutz 2 Beauty hairdressers and beauty salon.

12, Rachelle Liggett - Model and teacher Rachelle enjoyed another successful year. The former Miss Oyster Pearl was crowned Best Dressed Lady at Down Royal’s Charles Hurst Premium Summer Race Evening. She was also the winner of firmus energy’s Great Ulster Bake Off competition, in association with Johnston Press,

13, John McClelland - The Scottish pensioner does community work through his involvement with the Disabled Christian Fellowship, Portadown Male Voice Choir and Edenderry Memorial Methodist Church.

He also visits pensioners and brings them out on outings plus is largely responsible for the upkeep on the Edenderry Memorial Methodist Church mini-bus.

14, Luke McCullough - Luke is an ever-present with Doncaster Rovers Football Club and has progressed at international level from last summer’s senior Northern Ireland debut to feature in the EURO 2016 qualifying campaign.

15, Dwaine Smith - The owner of the Meat Cleaver, he branched out further by opening the Elk and Clipper gentleman’s barber shop, In partnership with former Boyzone singer Shane Lynch, the Elk and Clipper brand is expanding to the east coast of America.

16, Geoffrey Smyth - Geoffrey is a local postman and charity fundraiser described as “so friendly and kind” and he “goes over and above his duties on so many occasions”.

17, Jeffrey Toal - A key figure in the Craigavon Cardiac Care Association voluntary group that does so much in the fight against cardiac disease.

18, Kenneth Vennard - Kenneth gave a remarkable 62 years’ service to the Boys’ Brigade and last year received the BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

19, John Wilson - John is chairman of the Birches Vintage Club and has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity over the past 21 years. He received an MBE in 2013 in recognition of this and his efforts with Drumcree Parish Church and Richmount Rural Community Association.