It’s been a year like no other, and it’s set to end with a Hogmanay celebration like no other.
The Daily Record Pride of Scotland Awards, in partnership with TSB, produced by STV Studios and which will air on STV and STV Player, will honour Scotland’s unsung heroes of 2020, in a TV spectacular featuring an array of famous faces, from royalty to rock stars, actors and sporting icons.
Packed with uplifting stories of Scots who have made us all proud in this unprecedented year, and incredible celebrity surprises, the show also features exclusive musical performances, and a very special collaboration led by Sir Billy Connolly, to ring in 2021.
Much like sister show the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards – which has been running annually since 2000 – the Pride of Scotland Awards will celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and honour unsung Scottish heroes who have transformed the lives of people around them.
The 90-minute programme, filmed in the University of Glasgow’s iconic Cloisters, will see celebrities and public figures including HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Rod Stewart and Lady Penny Lancaster, Sir Andy Murray, Gordon Ramsay, Stephen Gerrard, Rita Ora, Sharleen Spiteri, Bear Grylls, The Vamps, Biffy Clyro and Lorraine Kelly taking time out of their schedules to celebrate the bravest, most remarkable people from every corner of Scotland.
Kirsty and Elaine will introduce an exclusive performance from pop royalty McFly, as well as a rousing collaboration by Leave a Light On singer-songwriter Tom Walker and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
Sir Billy Connolly will also lead a unique rendition of Auld Lang Syne, accompanied by a chorus of celebrity guests including Annie Lennox, Alan Cumming, JJ Chalmers, Edith Bowman.
Kirsty Gallacher said: “I am so honoured to be hosting the Pride of Scotland Awards alongside Elaine. Having been born and raised in Scotland, it has such a special place in my heart. It’s going to be a wonderful evening to celebrate and commend those who have shown acts of great bravery and heroism. I can’t wait to meet them all.”
Elaine C. Smith said: “I’m delighted to be bringing in the bells with Kirsty and bidding farewell to this challenging year. What we need more than ever on Hogmanay 2020 is positivity, and the Pride of Scotland Awards will be offering that in spades. Our winners are all true Scottish heroes, and I can’t wait for you to join us to celebrate them – and a hopeful New Year – on STV this Hogmanay.”
Nominated by the public, Pride of Scotland award winners will come from all age groups and all walks of life. Heroes will be recognised in the following categories:
David Dick, Editor in Chief Daily Record, said: “What a fantastic way to see in the new year, celebrating Scotland’s unsung heroes. These awards are going to be a great new addition to the Scottish calendar and the Daily Record is delighted to be working so closely with TSB and STV.”
Debbie Crosbie, TSB CEO, commented: “TSB is delighted to be part of the first ever Pride of Scotland Awards – joining forces with the Daily Record and STV to shine a light on Scotland’s everyday heroes.”
Stephen O’Donnell, Director of Programme Strategy & Marketing at STV, added: “The Pride of Scotland Awards will round off a challenging year with warmth and positivity, celebrating the achievements of some exceptional Scots with a star-studded line-up of guests and, of course, pipes and fireworks to see out 2020 and bring in a New Year. The programme will be streamed UK-wide on the STV Player, so viewers from John O’Groats to Lands’ End can celebrate Hogmanay in true Scottish style. Kirsty, Elaine and friends will have your Hogmanay entertainment covered on STV and the STV Player.”
The Daily Record Pride of Scotland Awards, in partnership with TSB, will be broadcast on STV on 31 December at 10.45pm.
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