Helping celebrate 80 years of the popular newspaper strip, The Broons Awards took place at a star-studded event at The Grand Central Hotel last night 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, with eleven awards presented on the night. The ultimate accolade of The Broons Family of the Year went to the Trueman family, who 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.
The Broons were created by writer/editor R. D. Low and artist Dudley D. Watkins and the strip made its first appearance in the Sunday Post on 8th March 1936.
The Broons Family, who live at 10 Glebe Street in the fictional Scottish town of Auchentogle, is made up of Paw and Maw Broon who are parents to eight children, with Maw the homemaker in charge of all household affairs. The 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. Today, the well-observed strips often feature celebrity appearances and the famous faces that appear in The Broons see it as a great honour.
Considered Scotland’s favourite family newspaper since 1914 the Sunday Post is on sale every Sunday across the circulation area of Scotland and the north of England. Published by DC Thomson, 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.
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