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Entertainment Pride of Scotland host Nicky Campbell urges viewers to have their hankies at the ready ahead of emotional show

10:16  26 july  2021
10:16  26 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The countdown is on to tomorrow night’s Pride of Scotland Awards spectacular on STV – and host Nicky Campbell says it is going to be a show to remember.

Nicky, who is presenting the awards alongside Kirsty Gallacher, is both honoured and humbled to be at the helm of the star-studded event which celebrates Scotland’s unsung heroes.

The Long Lost Family star believes the glittering ceremony, which will see a host of celebrities including Alesha Dixon, Sir Jackie Stewart, James Corden and Sharleen Spiteri honouring the winners, is the perfect antidote to a challenging and heartbreaking year.

Nicky, 60, who grew up in Edinburgh, said: “I am so honoured to be hosting the Daily Record Pride of Scotland Awards, in partnership with TSB, alongside Kirsty. Having been born and raised in Scotland, it has such a special place in my heart. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to have been involved.

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“It’s going to be a wonderful evening to celebrate and commend those who have shown acts of great bravery and heroism and I can’t wait to share their stories with the nation.

“The timing of the awards is just perfect. The last year and a half has been so tough due to the global pandemic and an evening of glitter and hope is just what everyone needs.

“During the last 18 months we’ve seen the best of humanity as people have pulled together to help those in need and it’s brilliant to see their selfless achievements being recognised.”

Dad-of-four Nicky, who is married to journalist Christina Ritchie, added: “There are so many incredible winners that it is impossible to single just one out. It was an intensely emotional show to film and it will leave viewers reaching for their hankies.

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“I must admit I found it hard trying to keep my emotions in check but thankfully I have had plenty of practice with Long Lost Family. I’ve become a pro at managing my emotions on camera and then having a wee greet afterwards.”

The hour-long awards show, which goes out on STV at 8pm tomorrow night will see a host of celebrities paying tribute to the winners and will include performances from sea shanty sensation Nathan Evans, The Fratellis and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Red carpet guests at the event included Still Game’s Sanjeev Kohli and Gavin Mitchell, Love Island’s Paige Turley and Finn Tapp and music legend Midge Ure.

It’s the second year the Pride of Britain Awards have come north of the border and Nicky, who shot to fame as the host of cult show Wheel of Fortune in the 80s and 90s, says it was about time.

He said: “Scotland is only a small nation but its people are mighty and it’s only right Pride of Britain has created an awards for the Scots to showcase their strength and determination.

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“Being asked to host the event means so much to me. Scotland is in my blood and my DNA.

“I grew up in Edinburgh, and Hopetoun House where the awards were filmed is just along the road in South Queensferry. I still get a magical feeling each time I return.

“My mum died two years ago and my eldest daughter has finished her art history degree at Edinburgh Uni so it was great to have a reason to come home again.”

Nicky, who is dad to Breagha, 23, Lilla, 20, Kirsty, 18 and Isla, 16, added: “It was incredible to host alongside Kirsty who is fantastic. We hadn’t worked together before the awards but I think she is brilliant.”

Our people’s Oscars honour some of the country’s most courageous folk, including the consultant behind the first effective treatment for Covid, a teen fundraiser who pushed his wheelchair around Shetland and collected more than £8000 for charity, a have-a-go hero OAP who fought off a knife-wielding thug and a dad who is raising awareness of Down syndrome.

Nicky, who has hosted BBC Radio 5 Live’s breakfast show for nearly two decades, is no stranger to tackling big issues head-on in a bid to help others.

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When he was just a few days old in April 1961, the broadcaster was adopted after his biological Irish mother decided to give him up.

Nicky, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year, has spoken openly about his adoption and his battle with depression.

The talented journalist, whose recent memoir – One of the Family: Why A Dog Called Maxwell Changed My Life – has proved a bestseller, said: “So many people have connected with me after reading my book. Many had been adopted and others are suffering with their mental health.

“It took me a long time to have the guts to write my memoirs but I realised by telling my story I might encourage other people to open up and realise it is okay to talk about their feelings.

“I’ve had some lovely letters and social media messages from people saying they are having the same emotions. Hearing their stories helps me as I know I am not on my own whistling in the wind. I hit an all time low before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and it was our Labrador retriever Maxwell and our two Westies Misty and Maisie that helped me through. Dogs are just magic.”

Nicky, who is just about to start filming series 12 of Long Lost Family, is to host a new phone-in show on Radio 5 Live later this year.

He said: “I’m moving to the 9am to 11am slot. I’ve been getting up at 4am for 19 years and it doesn’t get any easier. I’m looking forward to a new sleep cycle.

“I love talking to people and it will be great to do a phone-in programme involving the public. In the middle of a global pandemic talking has become more important than ever.”

He added: “Tonight’s Pride of Scotland show is the perfect tonic to Covid – a joyful celebration of Scots at their best.”

-Watch The Pride of Scotland on STV tomorrow night at 8pm

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