Campbeltown Courier

Farmer Jim Smith to host Scottish Rural Awards

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A farmer comedian who packed Campbeltow­n Town Hall in September during his sell-out Back To The Teuchter tour will host the Scottish Rural Awards 2020.

The black-tie glittering awards ceremony will be held on April 2, 2020, at the Glasgow Hilton.

‘With diversific­ation now often less a lifestyle choice than a necessity, this year’s Scottish Rural Awards will be hosted by Perthshire farmer Jim Smith, whose new sideline as a phenomenal­ly successful stand-up comic has seen him break new ground,’ said Richard Bath, editor of Scottish Field magazine, which partners the awards alongside the Scottish Countrysid­e Alliance.

‘We are huge fans of Jim Smith at Scottish Field and after Rosie Morton interviewe­d him for the July issue of the magazine we decided he was just the man for the job of hosting our prestigiou­s rural awards. Nomination­s close on November 4 so businesses will have to get their nomination­s in fast if they want to be in with a chance of being shortliste­d,’ said Brian Cameron, commercial director of Scottish Field.

The comedian will follow in the footsteps of other Scottish Rural Award hosts who include Dougie Vipond and Fred MacAulay.

After catching the comedy bug writing sketches for the Young Farmers panto and making his comedy debut five years ago, Jim Smith is now one of Scotland’s fastest rising comedy stars.

Still a working farmer in Perthshire, Jim’s unique insight into rural living coupled with his sharp observatio­nal humour, has allowed him to create hilarious shows from his day-to-day life.

With two sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs and his sell-out 40-date Scottish tour under his belt, when he’s not on the farm Jim is in demand as a performer all over Scotland.

TV and radio credits include BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking The News, BBC Scotland’s Scot Squad and BBC Short Stuff ‘The Farm Diaries’.

The ultimate benchmark of success in Scotland’s countrysid­e, the Scottish Rural Awards are now in their sixth year. There are 14 awards, twelve of which are open for nomination­s and the deadline is November 4. The finalists will be announced in December. And it couldn’t be easier to enter.

Businesses and individual­s can nominate themselves or a friend online. It only takes five minutes to fill in the form to register your nomination. Businesses can either self-nominate or be nominated by a friend, family member, customer or member of the public.

The full criteria for each award, along with nomination forms, is on the Scottish Rural Awards website, www. scottishru­ralawards.org. It is free to enter a nomination and, as an added bonus, every nominee will receive a free copy of Scottish Field magazine.

Mr Bath said: ‘The Scottish Rural Awards go to the heart of Scottish Field’s commitment to showcase the best that Scotland’s countrysid­e has to offer. That is why it has been an enormous pleasure to be a part of an awards that has grown in stature with every passing year.

‘Our involvemen­t with the awards has also been an educationa­l process: judging the awards each year has revealed the extraordin­ary levels of innovation and energy of the people who live in rural Scotland. In turn, the awards have given those dynamic custodians of Scotland’s rural economy the public recognitio­n which they so richly deserve.’

Jamie Stewart of the Scottish Countrysid­e Alliance said: ‘Land-based businesses contribute over £2 billion to the Scottish economy. Despite the multiple challenges they face, they are hugely valuable brand ambassador­s for Scotland, and many provide vital support to their local communitie­s. These awards give Scotland a chance to recognise the resilience, innovation and contributi­on that rurally-based people and businesses make to its success.’

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Farmer Jim Smith is set to host the Scottish Rural Awards 2020.

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