Presenter ‘humbled’ by Edinburgh Local Hero Awards

Edinburgh's Got Soul will take to the stage at the Assembly Rooms. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Edinburgh's Got Soul will take to the stage at the Assembly Rooms. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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ACTOR Scott Hoatson has revealed that he feels deeply honoured to be hosting the Local Hero Awards.

The actor, who starred in comedy drama Bluestone 42, will present next month’s glitzy ceremony celebrating the region’s unsung heroes.

Hoatson, who played Rocket in the BBC Three series, was raised in Portobello and attended Duddingston Primary and Portobello High School.

He said: “Presenting the event definitely means more to me because I’m from here.

“I haven’t seen any of the names yet but there is a chance that I will know some of the nominees, or that I will know someone who does.

“I think it’s a great thing for the city to honour ‘ordinary’ people who do extraordinary things.

“What I notice most, and why these awards are so important, is that the people nominated overcome huge obstacles and carry on where others may give up but don’t seek recognition.

“No-one nominated does this for an award, which makes them even more deserving, and I’m humbled and honoured to be involved in this small way.”

About 300 guests are expected at the Assembly Rooms in George Street for the event on Friday, June 5.

Nominees, their friends and families will also be treated to performances from soul choir Edinburgh’s Got Soul and Edinburgh’s School Rock Ensemble, a band made up of students from schools including Leith Academy, Queensferry High and Firrhill High.

Also on stage will be Glaswegian stand-up Chris Macarthur-Boyd, one of nine finalists in the So You Think You’re Funny? Gilded Balloon competition. But the 22-year-old, who will this year have his first run in the Fringe, revealed that has had to tone down his act for event.

He said: “Some of my stuff is quite dark and sad, but this has to be child-friendly so I have had to come up with something new which is suitable for six-year-olds. It’s exciting to find out what it’s going to be like and it certainly won’t be my usual thing. There will be a bit of messing about, a bit of improv and making fun of some of the parents.”

But he admitted that it was daunting and getting a laugh out of the younger audience might be challenge.

“I would rather go in front of 200 drunk Glaswegians than 20 children,” he added.

The competition features 13 categories including Inspirational Young Adult, Carer of the Year and the Bravery Award.

It will culminate in the highest honour, the Local Hero Award, given to an individual who stands head and shoulders above the other candidates.

In attendance will be a panel of judges including Frank O’Donnell, managing editor of the Evening News.