Strong local presence for shortlist

Jessica Baillie who was triumphant in the Scottish National and Scottish Championship at the recent Cowal Highland Gathering.
Jessica Baillie who was triumphant in the Scottish National and Scottish Championship at the recent Cowal Highland Gathering.

The judges for the Angus Ambassador Awards 2013 have announced their shortlist - with many locals making the cut.

The ceremony will be held at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Friday, November 29, with Andrea Brymer of STV’s North Tonight, hosting the awards.

Provost Helen Oswald, chair of the Angus Ahead champions group, said: “The quality, variety and number of applications this year are inspiring and reflect the outstanding ability of the people of Angus.

“These Awards are all about encouraging a pride in Angus and that shone through each and every nomination.”

The finalists have been nominated in six different categories.

Business, sponsored by Enterprise North-East Trust: Drovers Inn, Memus - a restaurant and pub that offers contemporary Scottish fine dining; Hydrus Energy Engineering Ltd - a turnkey service for design, manufacture and commissioning to the energy sector; Mor Brewing Limited - an Angus micro-brewery based in Kellas.

Community, sponsored by Voluntary Action Angus: Bob Baldie (Angus Young Engineers) - a charity providing a recreational facility for youths to participate in socially enterprising activities; Caledonian Railway - based in Brechin this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Angus ; Strathmore Christian Fellowship - an independent local church based in Kirriemuir.

Cultural, sponsored by Angus Heritage: James Dunbar - a local artist; Gleadhraich Celtic Rock Band - a band formed at Carnoustie High School which now plays at many important events; Montrose Music Festival.

International, sponsored by Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort: James Arnott (Coul Angus) - an Aberdeen-Angus breeder who has a world championship herd; Caletech International Ltd. - a Forfar-based company providing business and management technology solutions; Matrix International Ltd - Brechin based transmission company.

Tourism, sponsored by Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort: Arbroath Sea Fest; Caledonian Railway; The Hideaway Experience - a five-star facility.

And finally, the youth award sponsored by Angus College: Jessica Baillie, a Letham-based dancer; Fairlogie Business Planning Group - Fair Trade at Carlogie Primary; John Kerr from Arbroath.