24th November 2017 @ The Savoy

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Round Up from the 2017 Event

The fifth St Andrew’s Day lunch at The Savoy, facilitated by London Scottish FC, took place on Friday 24th November and was enjoyed by all who attended. In addition to raising funds for the Club, £31,580.00 was raised for ‘ My Name’5 Doddie Foundation’, the charity set up by Doddie Weir to provide support to other sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease and also to support research.  Sponsored by Cairnhill Structures and Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Whisky, supported by Tunnock’s and One Water, this annual event brings together the London and Scottish business, sports, arts and entertainment communities, who created an electric atmosphere in the splendour of the Lancaster Ballroom.

The Nyetimber Reception before lunch set the tone and during the afternoon, the Great London Scot Awards were presented.  These were established in 2013 to celebrate success of Scots who have a close connection with London.  Dr John Lowrie Morrison, OBE – or Jolomo – celebrated contemporary Scottish artist, received the award for lifetime achievement; Lucinda Russell, the first Scottish female trainer to win the Grand National with ‘One For Arthur’ in 2017 won the outstanding achievement award; and Mark Robertson, part of the history making Scotland Sevens squad and Olympic silver medallist, was awarded for outstanding young talent.  The incorrigible David Kurk did a superb job as Master of Ceremonies; Iain Gordon, former Senior Police Officer with Strathclyde Police had the guests in stitches.  He finished his speech with a Toast to London Scottish and St Andrew, courtesy of Glengoyne’s 12 year old Highland Single Malt Whisky and Jonny Gould did a superb job as auctioneer.  Other well known guests in attendance were Kenny Logan who gave an emotional insight into his friend, Doddie Weir’s brave battle with MND, Gavin Hastings OBE, John Douglas, Alex McLeish and Peter Scudamore MBE. Our thanks, too, to the Club’s main sponsor, Aberdeen Standard Investments for their loyal support of the event.

 

The Great London Scot Awards (GLSA) were established in 2013 to celebrate the success of Scots who have a close connection with London. Sponsored by London Scottish, they are presented at the annual St Andrew’s Day at The Savoy lunch. The inaugural awards recognised and honoured outstanding achievement and outstanding young talent.  In 2014, we added a third award – that of lifetime achievement.  And in 2017, we are delighted to announce the following three winners.

2017 Winners:

  • The Great London Scot Award for Lifetime Achievement: Jolomo (Dr John Lowrie Morrison OBE), celebrated contemporary Scottish artist painting expressionist oils of Scottish landscapes
  • The Great London Scot Award for Outstanding Achievement: Lucinda Russell, first Scottish female trainer to win the Grand National with ‘One For Arthur’ in 2017
  • The Great London Scot Award for Outstanding Young Talent: Mark Robertson, part of the history making Scotland Sevens squad and Olympic silver medallist.

 

Winners from last the four years:-

2016 Winners:

The Great London Scot Award for Lifetime Achievement: Sir Ian Wood GBE (Former Chairman and CEO of the Wood Group; Chairman of Opportunity North East and of The Oil and Gas Technology Centre and Founder of the Wood Foundation

The Great London Scot Award for Outstanding Achievement: Dame Katherine Grainger DBE (Five-time Olympic medallist and Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian; six-time World Champion)

The Great London Scot Award for Outstanding Young Talent: Jamie Murray OBE (Winner of the Davis Cup; five Grand Slams and reached the world No 1 ranking in doubles)

The Great London Scot Award for Outstanding Young Talent: Gordon Reid MBE (Reached singles world No 1; Paralympic Gold & Silver medallist and two-time singles Grand Slam champion)

2015 Winners:

o   The Great London Scot Award for Lifetime Achievement : Sir Craig Reedie CBE (President of the World Anti-Doping Agency)

o   The Great London Scot Award for Outstanding Achievement : Martin Gilbert (Co-founder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management)

o   The Great London Scot Award for Outstanding Young Talent : David Smith MBE (London 2012 Gold Medal Winning Paralympian and Double World Champion)

o   The Great London Scot Award for Outstanding Young Talent : Hannah Miley (London 2012 Olympic finalist and reigning European and Commonwealth 400m individual medley champion)

2014 Winners

o   Lifetime Achievement Award : Bernard Gallacher OBE (Non-playing captain of the European Team in 1991, 1993 and 1995)

o   Outstanding Achievement Award : Lord Robert Smith of Kelvin (Chair of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games organising committee)

o   Outstanding Young Talent Award : Nicola Benedetti, MBE (World-renowned Scottish classical violinist)

2013 Winners

o   Outstanding Achievement Award : Sir Andy Murray OBE Kt (British No. 1 tennis player and reached ATP world No. 1)

o   Outstanding Young Talent Award : Sophie Kennedy Clark (Scottish actress)