IME is running out for North Down residents to cast their votes to help historic Bangor Court House win the National Lottery Project of the Year title. 

The National Lottery Awards celebrate the people and projects across the United Kingdom who do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding. 

The public vote for the Project of the Year category in this year’s awards opened on September 11 and since then, thousands of people have cast their votes for the 17 finalists to help decide who will be crowned the winner. 

The Bangor Court House team is appealing to local residents to help get them over the line before the public vote comes to an end on October 9.

At the end of the month-long voting window, the finalist with the most votes will be crowned the National Lottery Awards 2023 Project of the Year.  The winning project will receive a £5,000 cash prize and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.  

The Court House is an independent non-profit venue which hosts a year-round programme of music and arts events and is now owned and operated by local charity Open House. 

It reopened in October 2022 to provide a much-needed home for the local arts community and help drive local regeneration. 

The conversion of the Victorian listed building was supported by National Lottery funding of almost £1m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, said: “We are excited to have such an incredible list of contenders for the National Lottery Project of the Year category at this year’s National Lottery Awards.  

“It’s always an incredibly competitive category and this year is no different. Thanks to National Lottery players, more than £30m goes to good causes across the country every week, making vital projects like these possible. 

“So don’t forget to make your voice heard by voting for your Project of the Year in the National Lottery Awards – with your help, Bangor Court House could be the winner.” 

To cast your vote for Bangor Court House, visit the National Lottery Awards webpage at, or simply share the hashtag #NLACourtHouse Bangor on X (formerly known as Twitter). Voting closes at midday on October 9.