2018 Winners & Thanks

IMG_4086BLANTYRE OSCARS 2018
Summary, Winners & Thank you
As our Blantyre Oscars 2018 weekend comes to a close, this is our last post about our main event for some time. But its an important one…the results and thank yous! Many people nurse a monumental hangover today (us included). We’re proud and honoured to summarise last night’s winners.
THE RESULTS – SUMMARY
7,231 people took part in our online voting in the 2nd ever Blantyre Oscars event and here are YOUR 2018 winners, entirely chosen by YOU!
Category: Music & Entertainment
Sponsored by: Redburn Farm
Nominees: Live at Livvies, Peggy Cairns, David Purse
Winner: DAVID PURSE!
Category: Local Business
Sponsored by: Family Shopper
Nominees: DGG Transport, Miners Welfare, Blantyre Community Council
Winners: DGG TRANSPORT!
Category: Environmental Pride
Sponsored by: Glen Travel
Nominees: Bonnie Blantyre, SGN, Friends of the Calder
Winners: BONNIE BLANTYRE
Category: Inspirational Individuals
Sponsored by: De Virtute Nunc Ltd
Nominees: Victoria McMahon, Scott Arbuckle, Kevin O Neil
Winner: SCOTT ARBUCKLE
Category: Heroism & Kindness
Sponsored by: Paula Veverka Photography
Nominees: Jo Kelly & Kathy Larkins, Rebecca Blackburn & Julie McCallum, Stephen Reid & Thomas Rodger
Winner: STEPHEN REID & THOMAS RODGER!
Of course the night belonged to DAVID PURSE, who was crowned the OVERALL WINNER 2018 with most votes. Very well done.
Well done to all our fantastic winners, which were throughly deserved. Each collected a beautiful trophy and certificate kindly donated by STRACHAN CRAFT BUTCHERS who were our primary sponsor. Thank you immensely to the Strachan family.
HUGE commiserations to all the 10 runners up, who each collected a certificate and medal.
THE RAFFLE
Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who donated a raffle prize. With thanks to Rab Allan, Carrigans, Glen Travel, Paula Veverka Photography, DGG Transport, Struthan Cottages, Blantyre Project and Morrison Construction. We had an astonishing luxury raffle, notably with 4 smartwarches won, a £359 holiday won by the Margaret Fenlon and our star prize…a new Apple Ipad worth around £500, won by Margaret Lindner!
THE BUFFET
It’s with sincere thanks to Carrigans staff for their assistance especially those working behind the scenes to prepare the incredible buffet. We catered for everybody attending, and even with people having seconds, it was just perfect!
FUNDRAISING
We managed to raise a truly amazing amount of money! £2,055 in fact!! A record breaking amount absolutely demolishing last years total. £750 will be used for new street lights in Glasgow Road and £1,305 is being given to the Beatson Clinic in Glasgow early this coming week. A remarkable achievement made possible by the generosity of everybody attending! AMAZING!
THANK YOU
There are SO many people to thank. Thank you to STRACHAN CRAFT BUTCHERS as overall sponsor. \
Also to REDBURN FARM, FAMILY SHOPPER, GLEN TRAVEL, DE VIRTUTE NUNC, & PAULA VEVERKA PHOTOGRAPHY as table sponsors. A huge thanks to GAIL GILLON for supplying the beautiful balloons.
CARRIGANS themselves MUST be mentioned for making the venue look so stunning providing candelabra and seat covers for such a professional look. People were simply awestruck coming into the room, with gasps of ‘wow!”
Thank you to the CELEBRITIES who recorded amazing short videos bringing showbiz directly to the room. John Challis (Boycie), John Thomson, Simon Gregson (Steve from Corrie), Chris Casgoyne (Peter Barlow from Corrie), Linda Lusardi and Ian Nicholas (from film American Pie).
I personally would like to say thanks to MICHAEL MCGLYNN and SUSAN LINDER KELLY for taking up positions at the door at the start to guide people to seats. Thank you to the DJ for his services and technical assistance. With thanks also to Monica Lennon MSP for presenting the overall award which was somewhat sprung upon her at short notice!
I hope all my own personal guests invited along also enjoyed themselves.
Sincere thanks to FLOWERS TO GO for supplying 5 beautifully perfect bouquets for the winners and to CARPETRIGHT for the red carpet!
Thanks to FIONA BROWN (COORS PROMOTIONS) for providing 170 complimentary drinks upon arrival. Thank you immensely to the very talented KAREN M SCOTT, our amazing photographer whose photos will appear here soon.
Finally, a thank you to ARLENE GREEN, GAIL GILLON, LOUISE PLUMMER AND HOLLY ROUSE for going round and selling so many raffle tickets. You guys were absolute stars!
WHAT NOW?
The evening was a TREMENDOUS success! All 170 people look to have enjoyed themselves thoroughly, especially the dancing after 10pm! Loads of posts, pictures and videos all over social media today. It went without any hitch or hiccup and we truly did have a massive celebration of everything good about Blantyre.
SO…..I’m pleased to announce this evening, following this success, BLANTYRE OSCARS WILL RETURN in 2019!
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Blantyre Oscars 2019 will be held on Saturday 30th March 2019 at the same venue. Voting and tickets will commence in February 2019!
For now though, I’m having a rest and look forward to spending more time with family. VERY WELL DONE BLANTYRE! JUST PERFECT!!

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