EDINBURGH entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Farmer has been getting ready to become the ninth recipient of the Edinburgh Award.
Like previous recipients, Sir Tom has had a cast of his hand-prints taken by local Edinburgh stonemason Nic Boyes. The hand-prints will be carved onto a flagstone outside the City Chambers, where they will sit alongside those of previous Edinburgh Award recipients.
Friends and family will join the Lord Provost at a special ceremony on Friday 4 March, when the flagstone will be unveiled and Sir Tom Farmer will be presented with a certificate and an engraved Loving Cup.
The Leith-born 75 year-old was chosen from a short-list of nominations cast by the Edinburgh public in December. He began his career at 15 at a local tyre firm before famously founding one of Europe’s largest and best known automotive repair businesses, Kwik Fit.
Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, said: “The Edinburgh Award enables Edinburgh’s people to pay a lasting tribute to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the city. Sir Tom is a great ambassador for Edinburgh and I look forward to seeing his hand-prints laid in stone at the City Chambers.”