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Blantyre MSP Clare Haughey has tabled a motion to the Scottish Parliament congratulating the “nominees and winners” of the Blantyre Oscars.

The award ceremony which took place on Saturday (24th March), celebrated the people of Blantyre, its voluntary and community groups, as well as local businesses for their impact on the communities of the town and further afield.

Within Clare Haughey MSP’s motion, she paid particular tribute to Paul Veverka, the event’s organiser, for his “hard work and dedication”.

Clare Haughey MSP attended the ceremony with former Blantyre MP Margaret Ferrier.

Commenting, Blantyre MSP Clare Haughey said:

“First of all, I wish to thank Paul Veverka for organising such a tremendous night on Saturday. Last year’s ceremony was incredible, but this year’s certainly pipped it. Every nominee and winner should be very proud of themselves, and I am delighted their talents and achievements were celebrated in such style.

“The community in Blantyre never disappoint, and I am looking forward to 2019’s ceremony already.”



The full text of the motion, which was lodged on the 28th March, can be found below:

That the Parliament congratulates the nominees and winners at the Blantyre Oscars 2018, which were presented on 24 March; acknowledges that the annual ceremony celebrates the town’s people, voluntary and community groups and businesses, and recognises their contributions to the community and beyond; notes that six awards were presented and that £1,305 was raised, which will be donated to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre; praises the hard work and dedication of the event’s organiser, Paul Veverka, who is the editor of the Blantyre Telegraph and a stalwart of the community, and looks forward to the next ceremony in March 2019.

Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP and Margaret Ferrier, former MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, at the event on Saturday 24th March.

Clare Haughey MSP and Margaret Ferrier at the Blantyre Oscars


Date published: 28th March 2018

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