Young Scot Awards tour bus rolls into Paisley and Perth

The Young Scot Awards bus rolled by Paisley Abbey and Perth City Hall to urge locals in each area to nominate their young heroes for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards and to support Paisley and Perth’s bids to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

Paisley locals were out in force to cast their nominations and were entertained by a dance troop featuring HND Dance students from West College Scotland.

In Perth a group of Music Business students from Perth College UHI visited the Awards bus to nominate some of their peers in a wide range of categories, including arts, entertainment and community.

The bus tour, sponsored by Scottish CityLink, is journeying around Scotland for the fifth year running to encourage people across the country to nominate their local heroes for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2017.

Now in its twelfth year, the Awards celebrate the contributions and work of young people age 11 – 26 across 12 categories including health, community, the arts and diversity. From hundreds of entries, three finalists will be chosen in each of the 12 categories. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on 27 April 2017.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, said: “It was great to see Young Scot bring their bus to Paisley Abbey – the organisation are already on board as supporters of the Paisley 2021 City of Culture bid and their support is much appreciated.

“The Awards help celebrate inspiring achievements and I would encourage everybody in Renfrewshire to check out the Young Scot Award categories and consider who could be nominated – we know Renfrewshire’s young people have some fascinating stories to tell and it would be great to see some local winners.”

Councillor Ian Miller, Chair of the Perth 2021 Programme Board, said: “The Young Scot Awards are a fantastic opportunity for people in Perth and Kinross to highlight the contributions of young people in our communities. We have a rich pool of talent, and that talent is being nurtured at fantastic institutions like Perth College UHI and in community-driven arts and culture projects across our area.”

“Participation and engagement from talented young people will be vital to us in helping shape the Perth 2021 programme. The Young Scot Awards are a perfect way for us to celebrate our creative young people and show them that their contribution is valued. I encourage everyone in our communities to nominate a deserving young person.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “We’ve already received hundreds of inspirational nominations and I know there are hundreds more out there. It’s fantastic to have support from Paisley to celebrate the inspirational achievements of young people.  We want everyone across Scotland to get nominating so we can give young scots the praise they deserve!”

Young Scot is urging people to nominate at before the voting closes on 27 February 2017.