Delivery boys and girls across the North-east have had their efforts recognised in a special awards ceremony.
Launched in February, the inaugural Home Delivery Awards aimed to recognise the unsung heroes of the Evening Express who deliver the title, six days a week, no matter what the weather, without fail.
More than 1,300 nominations were made by readers over four categories; Most Voted Male, Most Voted Female, Above and Beyond and Most Dedicated.
The nominees, alongside their relatives and supervisors, were invited to the ceremony – which also honoured those who deliver our sister paper the Press and Journal – at the Belmont Filmhouse yesterday.
And it was Callum Anderson of Bridge of Don who won Most Voted Male.
Callum, 14, said: “I don’t really know why I won, but I’m nice and always say hello.
“I just like helping out other people.
“I save them going out to get it themselves.”
Nicole Allan of Torry picked up the award for Most Voted Female.
Nicole, 16, said: “The customers are really nice.
“It’s a really important job, a lot of my customers are older so they can’t do it themselves.”
Katarina Svistseva of Torry picked up the gong for Most Dedicated.
Katarina, 16, said: “I wasn’t expecting it to be honest, it’s such a surprise.
“I just like talking to people and having a real conversation so I get to know them.”
Eilidh Duncan of Strachans Inverurie picked up the prize for Most Voted Retail Female.
There was also a special accolade for Julie McWilliam of Mastrick for being the Longest Serving Supervisor.
She said: “I can’t believe it, it’s amazing.
“I just enjoying working with the kids, they’re a nice bunch.”
Each category had three finalists in the running for the top prize alongside two highly commended runners-up.
Head of circulation Neil Mackland hosted the event which included guest speeches from Aberdeen Journals Editor-in-Chief Damian Bates and Alan McCabe, editor of the Evening Express.
Neil said: “It has been an absolute privilege to host the Home Delivery Awards.”
Editor of the Evening Express Alan McCabe said at the event: “I’d like to thank all the delivery boys and girls for the important work they do.
“The Evening Express probably more than any paper in the UK rely on you guys.
“More than half our sales are through the door and I myself started off by delivering the Evening Express, so I can understand the hard work you do.
“Thanks for doing the job you do.”
Mr Bates said: “I am delighted that we have been able to reward and recognise the incredible efforts of so many unsung heroes.
“They go out in all kinds of weather and work hard at building relationships with readers, even providing a link with the outside world for some of our older and more vulnerable customers.”
Dallas King of Belmont Filmhouse said: “We see ourselves as a local community cinema. We not only like to deliver a wide range of movies, but also engage with the community.
“The Evening Express has a wide reach in the community and we just thought it’s a good thing to be involved with.
“It’s great to be the host for it and deliver an Oscar-type ceremony for it.”
North-east firms including Dolce Vita, Deans of Huntly, Aberdeen Football Club, Simpson’s and Pozzi’s of Buckie and Walkers Shortbread all donated prizes to be awarded on the day.