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Blantyre MSP Clare Haughey met with local Paul Veverka to hand over a Scottish Parliament motion which the representative lodged celebrating the nominees, winners, and organisers of the Blantyre Oscars.

The award ceremony which took place on Saturday 24th March, pictures of which were in last week’s paper, 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”.

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 topped it. Every nominee and winner should be very proud of themselves, and I am delighted their talents and achievements were celebrated in such style on the night.

“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.

Attached is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP presenting the motion to Paul Veverka. Taken 31st March.


Date published: 3rd April 2018

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