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Stars gather for Forth Awards

Chart-topper Shayne Ward has picked up the Best Performance Award at the recent Radio Forth Awards 2007. The annual bash honours the UK’s biggest music stars alongside a hot of local heroes who have excelled in community work, education, tourism and the workplace.

Ward, whose new album, ‘Breathless’, is out on 26th of this month, collected his trophy and treated the audience to an exclusive preview of his new single (also Breathless) live on stage at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.

One of this year’s biggest selling female artists, Amy Macdonald, who took time out of her UK tour to attend, scooped the Forth One Best Artist Award, as voted by Forth One listeners, pipping Westlife and McFly to the post. Home-grown talent, Amy, performed her first single, ‘Mr Rock and Roll’, and her new hit ‘This Life’ which went down a storm according to RadioToday.co.uk spies.

David Gray also took to the centre stage, winning the Forth 2 Music Recognition Award sponsored by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

The Best Place to Work, with Edinburgh Evening News, was named as the Security Department at Edinburgh Airport, which takes care of 8.9 million passengers a year. The 250-strong team say it’s an innovative place to work with great levels of efficiency and a fantastic team spirit.

Loraine Traylor from Wester Hailes Education, proudly picked up the Forth One Best Teacher Award, with Smarter Scotland. Mrs Traylor retired last summer after teaching children in Edinburgh for nearly 30 years.

Best known for her ‘Chewin’ the Fat’ appearances, Scottish comedian, Karen Dunbar, picked up this year’s Forth One Fringe Award, with Charlie Miller Hairdressing. Karen is just fresh from a sell-out UK tour and she’s set to star in a film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s ‘Ecstasy’.

Radio Forth’s Managing Director, Cathy Kirk congratulated all the winners.

She said: "Once again we were honoured to have some of the biggest names in the UK music industry as our guests and we are delighted the Radio Forth Awards is held in such high regard. It’s a privilege to be able to honour these individuals but closer to home it is as much of an honour to acknowledge the contributions of local people who make Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife such a rewarding place to work and live.”

Patrick Campbell, Black Horse Finance Head of Marketing, said: “This is the fifth year we have supported the Radio Forth Awards, which continue to grow in stature each year.

Pictured above is Amy Macdonald, being presented the Radio Forth Best Artist Award sponsored by Victor Paris, by Forth 1’s Boogie and Jill.

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