Falklands hero Simon will present the Bury Free Press Business Awards for 2015

Host Simon Weston OBE. (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER) NNL-141212-085755001

Host Simon Weston OBE. (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER) NNL-141212-085755001

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With just over three weeks to go to the nomination deadline for the Bury Free Press Business Awards 2015, you can now book your place at the grand awards ceremony.

The presentation on October 9 will again be held at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, attended by everyone who is anyone in the business community.

This year it will be presented by Falkland War veteran Simon Weston whose fire ravaged face has become strongly associated with heroism and determination to overcome adversity.

In 1982 Simon was a Welsh Guardsman aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary troopship Sir Galahad when it was bombed by Argentine jets while the soldiers waited to disembark in Bluff Cove.

As our helicopter and small boat crews braved the flames and exploding ammunition to rescue survivors, Simon fought a desperate struggle through the burning ship.

He suffered 46 per cent burns then endured years of re-constructive surgery, including 70 major operations or surgical procedures.

His recovery has been the subject of five BBC documentaries and three best selling autobiographies.

He also founded the Liverpool-based young people’s charity The Weston Spirit, for which he received the OBE in 1992 and Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2002.

He was honoured as one of the top 100 Welsh heroes in 2004 and 10 years later was voted the Nation’s Favourite Hero.

His charity work continues and he is currently the patron of the Falkland Veterans Foundation, The Enham Trust and Alliance Service Trust and is an ambassador for Changing Faces.

But he is also a businessman, having founded the Weston Group of security and service companies in 2012.

Simon has been a professional motivational speaker for 20 years and speaks with humour and enthusiasm.

He and his wife Lucy have three grandchildren and a grandson.

For tickets, contact Mark Stanford on 01558 817354 or mark.stanford@jpress.co.uk

In the meantime, you have until August 12 to make your nominations, as detailed above. You do not have to be a business person yourself to make a nomination.

For example, if you have experienced good customer service from a company in the Bury area, why not nominate the business for the Customer Care Award?