Julie's diary: Young Scot awards

Julie with her twin sister Amy

The awards ceremony for the Young Scot of the Year were held last Thursday night. Earlier that day I was looking forward to seeing my sister Amy who was coming to the award ceremony along with my mum and I. Amy texted me to tell me that Leon Jackson was on the same flight as her. What a coincidence that they were both on the plane together, coming to Glasgow for the Young Scot Awards.

I was very laid back getting ready. My sister helped me with my make-up. Then off in a taxi to the City Hall. Just as I got out of the taxi John Smeaton arrived so I was asked to pose for a photo with him. It was really funny to have finally bumped into him! John is still getting stopped in the street by members of the public.

Julie with some of the River City cast

The ceremony was hosted by the glamorous Jenni Falconer and was attended by over 500 young people, their friends and families and a load of famous faces, celebrity nominees Leon Jackson and Amy Macdonald, X-Factor singer Nikkita Angus, Motherwell manager Mark McGhee, comedian Tam Cowan and XFM's Heather Suttie, cast members from River City, Colin and Justin and many more celebrities and Alex Salmond the First Minister too.

We tucked into our meal (not to forget the wine!) Nick Henderson and Jacky Cheun were at my table and they won an award for Democracy and Citizenship. They are best friends and have been involved in youth engagement and anti-poverty campaigning in Dundee. Also at my table was Katherine Holdsworth with her parents, she was nominated for an award for helping her mum battle cancer.

I was nominated in the category for Unsung Hero, which was won by Graeme Hay from Cullen. He came up with the idea that the British Red Cross in Scotland work together with the Maritime Coastguard Agency and he responds to 999 calls when there is no ambulance close by.

Every finalist was a winner and hopefully will go on to shape Scotland's future and that all it matters. All of us will go on pushing the barriers.

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Page first published on Thursday 27th March 2008
Page last updated on Thursday 24th July 2008

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hassan rafiq
congrats to all ys winners!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katherine Holdsworth
hey Julie, i was very shocked when i stumbled across this page, and i can't even believe you remembered me. i'm glad you had a good time at the awards, i did too, even if nether of us won our category i was truley inspired by you and the other nominees. Anyway i hope you still helping around, i am holding a Grease night (for my 16th maybe) and to raise money for Carers in my local area. well good luck for the future and well done!!!!!

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