SALUTE OUR FINEST; HERE THEY ARE..YOUR AMAZING 2007 GREAT SCOT WINNERS Top Award Goes to Airport Heroes

Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland), September 16, 2007 | Go to article overview

SALUTE OUR FINEST; HERE THEY ARE..YOUR AMAZING 2007 GREAT SCOT WINNERS Top Award Goes to Airport Heroes


Byline: By HEATHER GREENAWAY

THEY are the brave men who helped foil the first-ever terrorist attack on Scottish soil.

Last night, for only the second time in the history of the awards, the Great Scot was given not to one individual but to a group of extraordinary people - the Glasgow Airport heroes.

Cheers echoed round an emotional ceremony as the 11men - some have-a-go heroes, others members of the emergency services - collected their award from First Minister Alex Salmond.

The other big winner of the night, Sir Alex Ferguson, who was inducted into the Hunter Foundation Hall of Fame, was first to congratulate the men.

Glasgow's Hilton hotel was filled with thunderous applause as video footage showed how each hero risked their life on June 30 when two suicide bombers crashed a car laden with propane gas canisters into the airport.

Men like off-duty PC Stewart Ferguson, 40, who grabbed a fire extinguisher and hosed down bomber Kafeel Ahmed, and colleagues PC Stephen Hughes, 45, and Sergeant Torquil Campbell, 49.

Bomb disposal expert Stevie Jack, 32, prevented the canisters inside their burning car from exploding.

Baggage handler John Smeaton, 31, holidaymaker Michael Kerr, 40, airport worker Harry Lambie, 58, and taxi driver Alex McIlveen, 45, tackled the pair.

Firefighters David McInnes, 42, George Holland, 38, and Russell MacKay, 44, led the crews who risked their lives tackling the blaze.

This year's Great Scot - like the award to the people of Dunblane in 1996 - was for a unique group of people.

The First Minister said: "There are famous people here, and famous people win awards, but the heart of this ceremony is to celebrate extraordinary achievements by ordinary people.

"Scotland, for a long time, hasn't done enough of that, not just of superstar efforts but the everyday efforts.

"Especially in a year like this, when Scotland has been put to the test with the airport attack, and passed that test.

"The people involved day to day in keeping us safe from harm and the people who stood up and helped them are a demonstration of what makes us proud to be Scottish and positive about the nation's future."

It was also a special night for Sir Alex, Britain's most successful football manager, who became the fourth Scots legend to be inducted into the Hunter Foundation Hall of Fame.

Sir Tom Hunter said: "He is a true Scottish legend - one of the greats."

Sir Alex, 65, celebrated his award with Scotland boss Alex McLeish, 48, still revelling in the glory of his team's 1-0 defeat of France on Wednesday.

Alex said: "It's absolutely fundamental, and a great tribute to our country and society, that we have such people and such awards as these.

"To recognise these people who would normally go unrecognised is brilliant. What these people have done is fantastic."

It was a night of laughter and tears as inspirational stories of courage and kindness unfolded.

There were four Unsung Hero Awards handed out at the glittering ceremony, hosted by actress Elaine C. Smith.

Sunday Mail columnist Elaine said: "It's an absolutely fantastic event. I've had a brilliant time compering it.

"It's always a nervous day preparing for it. It's all about getting it right on the night. It's such an important event that I have to do it justice - it's one of the biggest nights in the Scottish calendar."

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges from thousands of nominations sent in by readers and shoppers at supermarket giants Morrisons, our main sponsor.

Danny Cassie, 33, received a Great Scot after he gave his friend Mark Edwards, 33, the ultimate gift - one of his kidneys.

Nine-year-old friends Declan Taylor and Ryan Forrester, who turned detective to save the life of missing pensioner Annie Forbes, 80, also picked up an Unsung Hero award, as did charity worker Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, 38. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

SALUTE OUR FINEST; HERE THEY ARE..YOUR AMAZING 2007 GREAT SCOT WINNERS Top Award Goes to Airport Heroes
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.