Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scots Awards
May 31 2011
The Scottish businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter, won the 2011 Johnnie Walker® Blue Label™ Great Scot Award in a glitzy ceremony held at Boisdale of Canary Wharf. Sir Hunter followed previous 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.