Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup says Evening Post Pride Awards nominees are real 'heroes of our community'
SWANS manager Michael Laudrup says this year's Pride Awards nominees are the "champions, ambass- adors and the heroes of our community".
Michael, who was a member of the judging panel for the Evening Post's night of celebration, said he was honoured to help choose the winners.
Swansea entertainer Mal Pope, along with the city's Lord Mayor Dennis James, are also on the judging team.
He said the efforts of all those nominated deserved to be recognised at the Brangwyn Hall ceremony on Thursday night.
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Michael said: "I know our players receive a lot of plaudits for doing some sterling work in the community for charity and other worthwhile causes. They have returned with some heart-warming stories of the work being carried out by some amazing people and organisations.
"And I've also read many of the stories during the judging of this competition — stories that will stay with me for a long time."
He added: "While our players grab the headlines, it's those people who work tirelessly behind the scenes who deserve them more than anyone. They are the champions, ambassadors the heroes of our community."
Singing star Paul Potts said he was looking forward to being there on the night. He added: "Congratulations to all the nominees and I wish them well for the evening."
A Pride Awards supplement will be featured in tomorrow's Post.
Check out the performance that made Paul Potts famous: