Why Susan Morrison is one of the most inspirationl people of 2019 – Vladimir McTavish

Fellow Evening News columnist Susan Morrison has been making audiences howl with laughter desite a life-threatening illness, writes Vladimir McTavish.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 11:40 am
Susan Morrison's an inspirational figure. Picture: Gareth Easton

Who have been the most inspiring figures of 2019? Greta Thunberg’s name would probably be on many people’s list for her courageous stance on climate change. I have to confess I actually forgot her name, so I had to Google her, which is why “sixteen-year-old Swedish schoolgirl” is now in my browsing history.

Andy Murray would doubtless gain many people’s votes due to his remarkable comeback from a career-threatening injury. Joanna Cherry’s holding the Government to legal account would make her a popular choice in some circles. Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir’s fight against motor neurone disease, and his fundraising efforts to find a cure, has touched the hearts of the entire nation, sports fans or not.

I don’t need to look far to think of one of the most inspirational people of the year, as I have the good fortune of working alongside Susan Morrison every evening this week, as part of The Stand Comedy Club’s Hogmanay Festival shows.

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Susan is well-known to News readers as she writes a regular weekly column for this paper. Indeed, over the past 18 months, she has chronicled her battle against cancer in these pages. Not only has Susan Morrison fought against a life-threatening illness, she has got up on stage with a smile on her face week-in, week-out and continued to make audiences howl with laughter. She is a consummate professional and an absolute joy to work with.

A true inspiration, and someone I am immensely proud to have as a friend, we will be raising a glass together at the Bells. To your future good health, Susan! Here’s tae ye! Wha’s like Ye? Fair few, indeed.

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