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 July 8

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The stars were out last night to honour the nation’s ­inspirational unsung heroes at our glittering People’s Oscars.

Well-kent faces from the worlds of music, sport and TV gathered at Hopetoun House in South ­Queensferry to celebrate our Pride of Scotland Award winners.

Walking the red carpet was former Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Arlene Phillips, who dazzled in a stunning black gown.

She said: “I’m absolutely emotional and so thrilled to be here.”

Love Island’s Paige Turley, wore an off the shoulder jumpsuit and was ­accompanied by her footballer beau Finn Tapp in a plum suit coupled with dazzling white trainers.

Love Island stars Paige Turley and Finn Tapp

Paige said: “We were at Pride of Britain last year but it was a virtual event so it is great to be in Scotland. This is Finn’s first event in ­Scotland and we’ll be here all week spending time with the family.”

Finn added: “It’s been a year of doom and gloom, it’s great to be celebrating people who have done so much good.”

Host Kirsty Gallacher cut a striking figure in a sleeveless black floor-length dress while the male celebs also put on a show with host Nicky Campbell, Still Game’s Sanjeev Kohli and Gavin Mitchell, DJ George Bowie, music legend Midge Ure and former footballers John Hartson, Paul Lambert and Charlie Nicholas all suited and booted for the biggest night of the year.

Sea shanty sensation Nathan Evans arrived looking sharp in a powder blue suit with wife Holly, who looked sensational in a plum tiered gown.

The Wellerman singer said: “All these people have done so much and to be at an event of this calibre is fantastic.”

But really all eyes were on the men, women and kids who were being honoured for their part in making our country great.

From humbling acts of kindness and selfless acts of bravery to raising millions for charity, the Pride of Scotland Awards, in ­partnership with TSB, recognised 11 incredible winners.

One of the biggest cheers of the night went to Teenager of Courage Lily Douglas, 13, who is battling a rare form of cancer.

Paying tribute to the dance fanatic, singer Alesha Dixon said: “I can’t think of anyone that deserves this award more than yourself. I love you and can’t wait to see you again.”

Sea shanty sensation Nathan Evans with wife Holly

Outstanding Bravery winner Gerard Morrison, who fought off a knife-wielding thug and saved a woman’s life was left speechless when both Sir Kenny Dalglish and Sir Cliff Richard honoured him.

Sir Kenny said: “I know you are a Celtic supporter and although they weren’t champions last year, in their mind and everyone else’s mind you are a champion.”

Martin Clunes and Steven Gerrard surprised Child of Courage Aaron Hunter – the first child in the world to receive a “heart in a box” ­transplant – with a message of support.

TSB Community Hero Jamie McCallum, who melted hearts with his Wouldn’t Change a Thing viral video, which raised awareness and celebrated children with Down’s syndrome, was gobsmacked when congratulated by James Corden.

The Late Late show host said: “ It’s an amazing and positive message to change perceptions of Down’s syndrome and is honestly some of the best carpool karaoke I have ever seen.”

Special Recognition winners Karen Morrison, who runs a charity which reunites foster siblings, and Dr Kenneth Baillie, who identified the first effective treatment for Covid, were also lauded.

The Great British Bake Off’s Prue Leith said: “Karen what you do to reunite adopted and fostered siblings is just amazing. You so deserve this award.”

Young Fundraiser Brynn Hauxwell, who pushed himself 1679 miles in his wheelchair for charity, was taken aback with a message from hero Bear Grylls.

Bear said: “Your story and what you have done is so remarkable.”

Emergency Services Heroes, PC Lisa MacPherson and David Fraser, who rescued two people after a car crashed into a house in Stornoway and burst into flames, were honoured by racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart and Sanjeev Bhaskar, who plays DI Sunny Khan in hit ITV series Unforgotten.

The Fratellis turned up in style

Prince’s Trust’s Young Achiever Olivia Blackburn, who has overcome a series of mental and physical health challenges and personal tragedy to achieve her dream of helping others through nursing, was stunned to be recognised by chat show queen Lorraine Kelly.

Lorraine said: “You are a true role model for people everywhere.”

One of the most poignant moments was when Lifetime Achievement winner Sir Godfrey Palmer, who has been a powerful voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, was honoured by Sir Trevor McDonald and Baroness Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered Stephen Lawrence.

Sir Trevor said: “You’ve done immense work in so many fields – the brewing industry, botany, as an educator and in the important field of community relations. You are such an inspiration to us all.”

The event was rounded off with The People’s Award for the Scotland football team, who made it to a major tournament for the first time in 23 years.

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