THE GREAT SCOT AWARDS 2012
Boisdale is delighted to announce that the Great Scot Awards Dinner 2012 will take place at Boisdale of Canary Wharf on Tuesday, 27 November and promises a delightful and thought provoking combination of talent, achievement and glamour, and a stunning menu representing the very best of Scotland with delicious matching wines and last but definitely not least Johnnie Walker Blue Label Whisky.
Now in its fourth successful year and with sponsorship support from two Scottish powerhouses — an international investment management group Aberdeen Asset Management and Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky — The Great Scot Awards, celebrates the best in Scottish Fashion, Film & Theatre, Literature & the Arts, Music, Charity, Media and Sport with past winners including Annie Lennox, Sir Jackie Stewart (pictured middle and left), Jack Vettriano, Sir Tom Hunter, Sam Torrance, Bill Martin (pictured right) and Lorriane Kelly.
The auction of seven amazing lots will include a not seen before painting from the iconic artist Jack Vettriano which will most certainly attract significant interest from collectors and enthusiasts the world over. The aim is to raise substantially over £100,000 on the night. All the proceeds of the auction will go to Scottish charities nominated by the winners of the Great Scot Awards on the night.
2012 certainly has been the ‘Year of the Scot’ across all of the chosen Great Scot Awards categories. In sport Scotland won 14 of Great Britain’s 65 Medals which is significant given that Scotland only represents 10% of the UK population. Notably cyclist Chris Hoy won two gold medals at London 2012. Britain’s number one tennis player Andy Murray also struck gold at the Olympics as well as triumphing at the US Open. In music, Emeli Sande won the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice 2012 and performed at the Olympics Opening Ceremony, whilst Calvin Harris won two awards at the MTV VMAs 2012. Fashion industry favourite Christopher Kane won Scottish Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2012 and Jonathan Saunders won British Designer of the Year at the Elle Style Awards 2012. World famous author J.K Rowling was awarded Freedom of the City of London in 2012 and popular crime writer Charles Cumming won two awards at this year’s Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards.
The nominees, announced next month, are selected from the key categories mentioned above. The Great Scot Awards committee consist of: Martin Gilbert - chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management; Ranald Macdonald founder of Boisdale; Bill Martin — songwriter and music publisher; Paul Walsh - chief executive of Diageo plc; Lawson Muncaster - managing director of City A.M; Andrew Neil - television presenter and broadcaster; Sir Jackie Stewart - inaugural winner; Sam Torrance OBE — golfer and sports commentator.
Martin Gilbert, chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, comments: “We are delighted to be supporting the Great Scot Awards which celebrates the best in Scottish arts, charity, sports and initiative. Their reach spreads far beyond our shores and ensures that Scotland continues to be recognised as a place that fosters talent.”
Ranald Macdonald, Managing Director of Boisdale Restaurant Group, comments: “Scotland became an independent nation, under Kenneth MacAlpine, in 840 AD 110 years before England and over 1,000 years before many of our continental neighbours. Over the last 1,000 years the Scots have made a massive contribution to the development of modern civilization and in simple terms have punched well above their weight. The Great Scot Awards were founded by Boisdale in 2009 to recognise the great Scots of today and the future.