A well-attended ‘Guild Party’ at the Royal Highland Show saw Guild Member Ewan Pate and The Courier presented with the Stuart Seaton Regional Newspaper and Journalist Award.
Once again organised by Eddie and Marion Gillanders, the generous sponsorship of food and drink at the party was outstanding.
The sumptuous feast comprised of a roast with all the trimmings from Quality Meat Scotland, along with smoked salmon from Scottish Salmon, strawberries and cream from Marks and Spencer.
There was also icecream, chocolate and crisps from Mackies, cheese from First Milk, wine from McDonald’s, gin from Gordon Castle, Walter Gregor tonic from Summerhouse Drinks, a post-dinner tipple from Gordon & Macphail and a financial contribution from NFU Mutual to cover the cost of beer and soft drinks.
The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland kindly provided the facility for the party free of charge and also arrange for the show caterers to provide crockery, cutlery and staff to keep glasses topped up.
Ben Briggs (above left) presented Ewan Pate and The Courier with the Stuart Seaton Regional Newspaper and Journalist Award.
The judges said of this entry: “The Courier (and Ewan) is a great example of regional farming news, and shows how the media can support a local farming community. It is an enjoyable read, as well as an excellent source of information.
“Ewan writes in an absorbing style, producing features that are punchy and informative. There is enough breadth and detail in his writing to inform his readers, clearly demonstrating that he remains up-to-date and well-connected in the sector.
“Ewan’s deep involvement and knowledge about the agricultural industry comes across in his coverage of the key issues. He asks the questions that farmers need to know the answers to, especially when it comes to detailed subjects such as CAP reform. He writes with farmers in mind, which is probably why this publication is so well-received by his target audience.”
Also at the party, Royal Highland Show retired press officer Ross Muir, (pictured above with Ben Briggs and Jane Craigie), received an engraved Quaich and a bottle of whisky to thank him for his long service to the show and the Guild.