Well-known agricultural journalist, Eddie Gillanders, has taken the annual ‘Unsung Hero’ award, presented annually by NFU Scotland’s North East Region at Turriff Agricultural Show.
Eddie, currently editor of Farm North East magazine, has almost 50 years of experience in journalism and publishing and has made a sterling contribution to covering key farming and rural issues in the North East and the rest of Scotland.
In making the award of an engraved crystal decanter at Turriff Show, Regional Chairman Roddy Catto and NFU Scotland President Nigel Miller both paid tribute to Eddie’s tireless work, his promotion of the farming sector and the trust, integrity and professionalism he has shown over the years. The award sponsor, Malcolm Allan also expressed warmth and admiration for Eddie’s work.
The organisers were successful in keeping the award secret from Eddie before springing their surprise on him at a drinks reception at the Show earlier this week. Speaking after receiving the award, a ‘gob-smacked’ Eddie said:
“Now I have recovered from the initial shock, I want to pass my sincere thanks and appreciation for the most unexpected and undeserved honour conferred on me by the North East region of NFU Scotland
“I have always enjoyed a good relationship with NFUS, both locally and nationally, during my near 50 years in agricultural journalism and related activities and any success I've had as a journalist has been entirely due to the ready assistance, understanding and patience of the North East farming community and especially the members and office-bearers of the union over the years.
“Members of the union give up an enormous amount of time, particularly when they reach office-bearer level, to represent their fellow farmers - a commitment I've always admired - and I can't help thinking that there are many members in the North East region who are more deserving of this award than me.
“I would like to express my appreciation to those who put my name forward for this award. The crystal decanter will be treasured and will be a constant reminder of many happy years reporting on NFUS meetings and events.”