The Falkirk Herald scoops top award

Editor Colin Hume receives the award from Dame Elish Angiolini

Editor Colin Hume receives the award from Dame Elish Angiolini

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The Falkirk Herald has been named Scotland’s best weekly newspaper.

The award was presented at a ceremony hosted by Tam Cowan in the Radisson BLU in Glasgow on Thursday night.

The success marked the third time the Herald has lifted the top honour, having previously won in 2007 and 2008.

Editor Colin Hume, who received the award from the chairman of the judges, former Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini, said: ‘‘I’d like to thank everyone at The Falkirk Herald who played their part in this tremendous success.

‘‘I was especially delighted so many were able to join me at the event. It was a fitting reward for all their hard work.

The Falkirk Herald was recently named Best Large Weekly in Johnston Press’ own awards and Mr Hume added: ‘‘It is clear that the paper is well respected but we don’t want to rest on our laurels. That is why we’re relaunching with a new look next week.’’

Other JP success came from Edinburgh Evening News associate editor Gina Davidson was awarded the prestigious title of Journalist of the Year.

The News also won Scoop of the Year for breaking the Mortonhall baby ashes story, while Dale Miller, David O’Leary, David McCann and Gina Davidson won the Team of the Year award for their ongoing coverage of the scandal.

The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday also took a number of titles at last night’s event.

Ian Rutherford was named News Photographer of the Year, while Dani Garavelli won Feature Writer of the Year. Aidan Smith won Sports Feature Writer of the Year for the second year in succession.