Media release: Community heroes go Forth and prosper

Forth 1 Boogie & Arlene

Nominations are now open across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife for the Radio Forth Awards  

RADIO Forth has launched its 14th annual awards and is asking listeners to nominate their community heroes.

Just by nominating, listeners will be entered into a draw and could win two VIP tickets to the event, which includes passes to the exclusive after show party.

The Forth Awards with Edinburgh St James are back and bigger than ever before. The awards recognise those who go above and beyond in their community, whether in education, tourism or the work place, as well as to celebrate some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.

There are 13 categories to choose from, including Best Teacher, Best Workplace, the Community Venture Award and the much-loved Local Hero Award. Nominations for the year’s event are open until Friday 8 September.

As always, this year’s line-up is top secret until the event, but previous performances have included Stereophonics, Paolo Nutini, Olly Murrs, Deacon Blue, David Gray and Alesha Dixon.

Last year, legendary Scottish rockers, Simple Minds, winners of The Forth Performance Award, performed an acoustic set, while Paul Carrack, who received The Forth Music Recognition Award, closed the evening with some of Mike and The Mechanics greatest hits.

Hibernian FC players were also in attendance to collect the Sports Recognition Award to commemorate their Scottish Cup win.

The Forth Local Hero award, sponsored by the Edinburgh Evening News, was last year awarded to Scott Glynn for his contribution to various charities and his dedication to the community for launching a sporting memories group for dementia and stroke suffers.

This year’s awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 16 November at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and will be hosted by award winning breakfast and Saturday show presenters Boogie and Arlene. Guests will be treated to a three course meal and top entertainment.

Cathy Kirk, Bauer commercial director, Radio Forth, said: “The Radio Forth Awards is one of the highlights of our year when members of the community come together to celebrate excellence and recognise amazing individuals.

“It’s always a brilliant night with a great line-up, I can’t wait to find out who’s performing this year! It’s a chance to celebrate with our listeners and local heroes from Edinburgh, The Lothians and Fife and give them the recognition they so greatly deserve.”

Tickets for The Forth Awards 2017 are on sale now and to nominate friends, colleagues and local businesses simply head to

The full list of categories for The Forth Awards 2017 are:

  • The Forth Best Artist Award with Victor Paris
  • The Forth Contribution to Sports Award with Vittoria Group
  • The Forth Best Teacher Award with Edinburgh St James
  • The Forth Icon Award with The Edinburgh Playhouse
  • The Forth Music Recognition Award with The Liquid Rooms
  • The Forth Community Venture Award with Gyle Shopping Centre
  • The Forth Best Bar Award with Caledonian Heating
  • The Forth Best Workplace Award with Gilson Gray Law, Property and Finance
  • The Forth Visitor Attraction Award with Andrew Wilsons Catering Equipment Hire
  • The Forth Best Bar Award with Caledonian Heating
  • The Forth Fringe Award with Omni Edinburgh
  • The Forth Local Hero Award with The Edinburgh Evening News
  • The Forth Cash For Kids Award with Spence and Spence


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