THE search is on for an inspirational youngster to switch on the Christmas lights in Stafford as the borough celebrates its 1,100th anniversary.
Stafford Borough Council wants to grant the honour of pushing the button on November 23 to a special child.
More than 10,000 people filled Market Square last year to watch Olympic torchbearers and six-times Olympic archer Alison Williamson turn on the lights.
In previous years the honour has been given to the late hero police officer David Rathband, who was left blinded by gunman Raoul Moat, and running paramedic Ray Edensor who has raised thousands of pounds for seriously ill children.
Councillor Mike Smith, cabinet member for leisure, said: “We set the trend a number of years ago for our light switch on event by honouring our local heroes - who are the real stars and celebrities of the borough.
“What better way to start the countdown to a time of year that is so magical for children than by recognising a young member of our community in this way.”
Nominees could include a young person who has shown courage by overcoming an illness or disability, a sporting star of the future or a child who is proving themselves to be a leader in other fields, such as at school or in a community group.
Nominees should be aged five-16 and live, go to school in or be asso- ciated with Stafford Borough.
They have to be available on November 23 and full contact details should be provided along with details of the person nominating them.
The closing date for entries is November 1.
All nominations and contact details can be sent to email@example.com or by post to Christmas Lights Competition, Stafford Borough Council, Riverside, Stafford ST16 3AQ.