The Broons Awards took place last night (Thursday 10th March) at The Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, hosted by Lorraine Kelly.
The evening celebrated families and individuals who share and demonstrate the same values as the Sunday Post newspaper, home of The Broons, – honesty, decency, integrity, fairness, warmth – and who go above and beyond to make a difference.
300 guests enjoyed dinner at The Grand Central Hotel before the awards ceremony began. Eleven awards were presented on the night, with the ultimate accolade of The Broons Family of the Year going to the Trueman family. The Trueman family were recognised with this special award following the triumphant campaign the late Jak Trueman undertook during his battle with cancer. Jak raised an amazing £60,000 for leukaemia and lymphoma charities while fighting the disease, and raised awareness of his plight across Scotland. The Trueman family have continued Jak’s legacy and accelerated fundraising to an incredible £180,000.
The evening included entertainment from the Bay City Rollers, Dirty Harry and Clanadonia. There was even a Surprise Surprise moment! Winner of the Family Heroes Award, Andrew Robertson, was joined on stage by some of his long lost family after the Sunday Post tracked them down and invited them to the ceremony.
Editor of the Sunday Post, Richard Prest, said, “The Broons have featured in the Sunday Post every week since 1936 and The Broons Awards was a fitting tribute to Scotland’s best-loved family that makes every family smile. We enjoyed a brilliant evening celebrating the courage and love shown by all sorts of families and individuals across the country – I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!”
Full details of all of the winners, their stories and photos from the event will be in this weekend’s Sunday Post.
FOSTER FAMILIES – Betty & Ian Falconer
COMMUNITY FAMILIES Supported by Royal Bank of Scotland – Bourtreehill Drop in Centre
FAMILY HEROES Supported by Scotmid – Andrew Robertson
SPECIAL FAMILY PETS – Milo with Dad Scott
FAMILY BUSINESS – Henderson’s of Edinburgh
CHILDREN OF COURAGE – The late Jak Trueman
CARER OF THE YEAR – Elizabeth Seaton
SPORTING FAMILIES Supported by Stirfresh – Joe McCafferty
INSPIRING SENIORS Supported by Barrhead Travel – Jim Gillies
INSPIRATIONAL FAMILIES Supported by Semichem – Jennifer & Andy Gill – Love Oliver
THE BROONS FAMILY OF THE YEAR – The Trueman Family
Scotland’s favourite family newspaper since 1914. The title is on sale every Sunday across the circulation area of Scotland and the north of England.
Over the last few years, the paper has undergone significant change, with improved layout and better coverage of news and sport. The team of news reporters has received recognition at UK level for investigative journalism and The Raw Deal team take on our readers’ complaints, fighting on their behalf.
The family is made up of Paw and Maw Broon who are parents to eight children! Maw is the homemaker in charge of all household affairs. The Broons family features two older sons, Hen and Joe, and two grown-up daughters, Daphne and Maggie. The younger children are Horace, who is the brains of the family, and the Twins (identical boys) plus the Bairn, a cut down version of Maw and wiser than her years. Last, but by no means least, is the roguish Granpaw Broon. Granpaw and the Bairn form a formidable partnership that can usually outsmart the other members of the family. The marvellous artwork and well observed storylines means that everyone recognises a little of themselves in these classic tales. The strips often feature celebrity appearances and the famous faces that appear in The Broons see it as a great honour.
In 2016, The Broons celebrate the 80th anniversary of their first appearance in the Sunday Post. The Broons family, Scotland’s happy family that makes every family happy, live at 10 Glebe Street in the fictional Scottish town of Auchentogle.