Inspiration and fun at Young Scot awards

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RECENTLY myself and the Wired team hopped on a minibus and headed to Glasgow, dressed to the nines in order to attend the Young Scot Awards for which we were nominated.

The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel and played host to some of Scotland’s most inspiring young children as well as a few famous faces!

The night started off with a delicious three-course meal – including a ball of sugar for pudding! – before we were given some time to rub shoulders with our favourite TV stars.

Zoe, one of our presenters got especially excited to get her picture taken with Richard Grieve from Emmerdale, while Ryan got his with the members of Twin Atlantic, which obviously left their friends fuming!

We were nominated in the ‘Community’ category alongside David Stuart and Graeme Black, and MSYP, but sadly lost out to David. However, he was very deserving of the award.

The rest of the night saw equally inspirational people come up to collect their awards, all of them with stories that deserve to be shared.

The only negative was that there weren’t enough awards to go around! Liam Turnball, another one of the presenters, said: “It was amazing to meet so many inspiring people. Everyone did amazing and it was the highlight of my year!”

And as well as the awards, the entertainment was top notch, with performances from Twin Atlantic and the 2010 X-Factor winner, Matt Cardle. Both were absolutely amazing and Twin Atlantic even picked up a surprise award during the ceremony for their music.

Erin McNeill was the biggest winner of the night and she picked up the Young Scot 2012 award. She is a burns survivor from Clackmannanshire and was also awarded the ‘Sunday Mail Readers Award’ after she raised more than £60,000 for the fire men and women who rescued her from a house fire three years ago. We here at Wired give our congratulations to her and her courageous attitude!

Fourteen awards, three courses, 39 nominees and a lot of posed pictures later we were back on the bus and heading home.

Although we never got a picture with Matt Cardle, the Young Scot Awards were a brilliant success and definitely one of our favourite experiences.

Eilidh Jones

Galashiels Academy