Winners

In September, we will reveal the winners of the first Pride of Scotland Awards. But Pride of Britain has been celebrating the nation’s unsung heroes since 1999.

And over the past two decades, some of the most memorable winners have come from Scotland, including children who won the hearts of millions of ITV viewers, courageous rescuers, members of the emergency services and campaigners who have changed the world.

Here are just some of the Scots who became the Pride of Britain.


  • Outstanding Bravery 2007 - John Smeaton, Michael Kerr, Alex McIlveen and Stephen Clarkson

    John Smeaton, Michael Kerr, Alex McIlveen and Stephen Clarkson

    Outstanding Bravery 2007

    Glasgow Airport workers risked their own lives to tackle two terrorists who had smashed a car into the terminal, thrown a firebomb and were attempting to light gas canisters in the boot.

    Teenager of Courage 2010 – Ryan McLaughlin

    Ryan McLaughlin

    Teenager of Courage 2010

    After seeing his mum suffer with multiple sclerosis, Ryan set up the Shine On Scotland campaign and lobbied the government to educate GPs about the importance of vitamin D.

    After a YouTube campaign Ryan, supported by the MS Society, organised and led a 200-strong march to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh where he persuaded MSPs to implement a public awareness programme.

  • Teacher of the Year 2015 - Elaine Wyllie

    Elaine Wyllie

    Teacher of the Year 2015

    Primary head devised the groundbreaking Daily Mile scheme, where pupils run or walk a mile every day, virtually eliminating obesity at her school in Stirling. Now her brilliant idea is transforming kids' health all over the world.

    Special Recognition 2014 – Betty McGlinchey

    Betty McGlinchey

    Special Recognition 2014

    When her best friend died at just 36, caring Betty McGlinchey didn't hesitate to take in her two young daughters and raise them as her own. It was the start of a remarkable life as a foster mother to more than 1,200 often troubled children and young people.

  • Outstanding Bravery 2014 – Agnes Malcolmson and Danny Turner

    Agnes Malcolmson and Danny Turner

    Outstanding Bravery 2014

    Nurse Agnes and hospital store room worker Danny tackled a man walked who had walked into Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary, set himself on fire and was heading towards the maternity ward.

    TSB Community Partner 2017 - Fraser Johnston

    Fraser Johnston

    TSB Community Partner 2017

    Helped set up Cycling Without Age, which gives isolated elderly people a new lease of life by taking them for invigorating countryside rides. Fraser, from Falkirk, spends his spare time in the saddle, taking care home residents out for trips through the countryside on his trishaw bike, which has a seat for two fastened to the front.

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