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Unsung hero goes virtual

By David Porter

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An award usually handed out annual at Turriff Show is still set to have a winner announced this year despite the main event being cancelled.

Turriff Show's Unsung Hero award will be presented online
Turriff Show's Unsung Hero award will be presented online

The show which would have been held for the 146th year normally attracts thousands of people to the region for the largest two day agricultural event in Scotland.

NFU Scotland's marquee is the central focus for much activity during the show, having hosted politicians from all parties over the years and acts as the venue for the presentation of the north-east Unsung Hero award.

The prize will be handed over with the ceremony being streamed via the Zoom video call service on Thursday, June 30.

North East Regional chairman, Andrew Connon will host the ceremony with the award itself, a limited edition Angela Davidson print currently being framed and mounted with a special message dedicated to the recipient.

NFUS President, Andrew McCornick said he was more than happy to be part of the virtual event and said this year’s winner is “very worthy” of the honour.

He said: “I am delighted to have been invited by the north-east team to participate in the presentation of this award to this very worthy recipient.

“This year’s recipient has been at the forefront of many battles and has done a power of lobbying amongst fellow members and stakeholders, to try to improve farming issues.

“This member is never afraid to express opinion and share knowledge, and certainly adds a heck of a lot of value to debates and discussions.

"I am looking forward to being part of the award ceremony, albeit via Zoom from my farm office down here in Dumfries.

“I very much look forward to meeting up with all the farmer audience at the Zoom meeting on July 30.”

The event takes place at 6.30pm and people can watch by visiting https://bit.ly/2BlQ4O2

The meeting ID number is 820 7763 2942 and the password is 136850.

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