Sir Jackie Stewart, three-time Formula 1 world champion, will present this year’s star-studded Great Scot Award at a traditionally Scottish-themed event in London tomorrow.
The event, now in its second year, will see leading names from the world of media, arts, film, music, literature, sports, business and food.
The 10 nominated Scots who have made an outstanding contribution to their country include the famous faces of: Formula 1 racing driver David Coulthard; rugby player Kenny Logan; crime writer Ian Rankin; former Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri; artist Jack Vettriano and television presenter Kirsty Young.
Sir Jackie Stewart, ‘The Flying Scot’, who was last years’ winner, will present the 2010 Great Scot with an engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker whiskey, worth £3,000.
The event will be hosted by BBC journalist, editor and television presenter Andrew Neil, at the Boisdale of Belgravia in Victoria. Neil will also act as a member of the judging panel.
Boisdale told WNOL: “Boisdale are delighted to be hosting the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Great Scot Award … [It] recognises a Scottish individual’s outstanding contribution to their chosen field.”
Boisdale continued: “The ceremony will be followed by an auction of some breathtaking lots with Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams UK & Asia, kindly taking up the auctioneer’s gavel to raise money for a charity close to the restaurant industry’s heart – Action Against Hunger.”
The charity is currently helping survivors of the Haiti earthquake.
The auction includes a limited edition proof by Vettriano, from his upcoming exhibition, Days of Wine.
By Kate Ross
Photograph: Darren Robertson