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The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Great Scot Awards

Posted on Apr 19, 2011
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Great Scot Awards

THE JOHN­NIE WALK­ER BLUE LABEL GREAT SCOT AWARDS

HOST­ED BY ANDREW NEIL AND CO-HOST­ED BY SIR JACK­IE STEWART

WEDNES­DAY 4 MAY * BOIS­DALE OF CANARY WHARF

Phil­an­thropist Sir Tom Hunter wins The 2011 John­nie Walk­er®Blue LabelGreat Scot Award

The Scot­tish busi­ness­man, entre­pre­neur and phil­an­thropist, Sir Tom Hunter, has won the 2011 John­nie Walk­er® Blue Label Great Scot Award in a glitzy cer­e­mo­ny held at Bois­dale of Canary Wharf. Sir Hunter fol­lows last year’s win­ner, the illus­tri­ous painter Jack Vet­tri­ano, accept­ing his award at the cli­max of a star-stud­ded evening in Canary Wharf’s grand­est venue. Scotland’s first ever home-grown bil­lion­aire is famous for pledg­ing to give £1 bil­lion to good caus­es and estab­lish­ing The Hunter Foun­da­tion in 1998.

Ear­li­er in the evening, singer-song­writer Annie Lennox OBE accept­ed the Great Scot Award for Char­i­ty. The for­mer Eury­th­mics front­woman, whose music has sold over 80 mil­lion records world­wide, is notable for her tire­less work in rais­ing mon­ey and aware­ness for a num­ber of char­i­ties includ­ing Oxfam, Green­peace and Amnesty International.

Break­fast TV favourite Lor­raine Kel­ly won the Great Scot Award for Enter­tain­ment. The Award was pre­sent­ed by Andrew Neil and recog­nised Mrs Kelly’s ser­vices to broad­cast­ing over four decades. Dur­ing this peri­od, she has helped to launch GMTV and pro­vid­ed enter­tain­ment for mil­lions of British viewers.

Rac­ing leg­end Sir Jack­ie Stew­art, the orig­i­nal win­ner of the Great Scot Award, pre­sent­ed golfer Sam Tor­rance OBE with the Great Scot Award for Sport. Sam Tor­rance has rep­re­sent­ed Europe in the Ryder Cup and was the inspi­ra­tional non-play­ing cap­tain when the team regained the tro­phy at The Bel­fry in 2002.

The Great Scot Life­time Achieve­ment Award was award­ed to leg­endary song­writer Bill Mar­tin. In a remark­able career that has spanned over five decades, Bill Mar­tin has writ­ten time­less hits for such dis­tin­guished names as Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley.

Win­ners were deter­mined by the John­nie Walk­er Blue Label Great Scot Award pan­el includ­ing Paul Walsh, Chief Exec­u­tive of Dia­geo Plc, Ranald Mac­don­ald younger of Clan­ranald­founder of Bois­dale restau­rants and Law­son Muncast­er­Manag­ing Direc­tor of City A.M.

In recog­ni­tion of their achieve­ments, the cat­e­go­ry win­ners received engraved bot­tles of John­nie Walk­er Blue Label whisky, with Sir Tom Hunter being giv­en an extreme­ly rare bot­tle of John­nie Walk­er Blue Label King George V Edi­tion cre­at­ed to cel­e­brate the first Roy­al War­rant grant­ed to John Walk­er & Sons Ltd. to sup­ply Scot­tish whisky to the British Roy­al House­hold in 1934.

Guests of the evening were also treat­ed to a live per­for­mance from the leg­endary Reuben Richards and his Soul Train, of whom Emper­or Rosko once said “ Ruben sings Otis Read­ing bet­ter than Otis Reading,”

Ranald Mac­don­ald, pro­pri­etor of Bois­dale, said; Bois­dale is once again proud to host the dis­tin­guished Great Scot Awards. For a small nation, we do rather well and this evening has once again proved that Scot­land has a wealth of tal­ent from all walks of life. Sir Tom Hunter is tru­ly a Great Scot and laud­able addi­tion to the roll of winners.”