Des Carke fears he'll end up in tears hosting Scotland's Champions awards

By Heather Greenaway

Des Clarke is delighted to be joining old pal Jackie Bird to host our Scotland's Champions awards but is worried about running out of tissues.

The radio presenter fears he will end up in floods of tears when he reveals the finalists' emotional stories and is planning to stuff his pockets with loo roll.

Des, 40, who will be sharing the stage with broadcasting legend Jackie, 59, at our glittering awards in Glasgow on Saturday night, said: "I cannot hold myself together at these type of awards.

"I know I am going to end up blubbering like a baby when the winners take the stage.

"I will have to go on with four rolls of Andrex hidden on my person – either that or get Kleenex to sponsor me. There is no doubt in my mind that at some point I will cry.

"I'm determined not to catch Jackie's eye as one of us will set the other off – guaranteed.

"You cannot fail to be touched and affected when you hear what these inspirational people have achieved and overcome. They are all champions and I am both proud and humbled to grace the same stage as them."

The stand-up comedian added: "This year Scotland's Champions is going to be more emotional than ever before as they are the first set of live awards to take place since Covid struck. Everyone's emotions have been heightened due to the
pandemic."

The countdown is now on to the second Scotland's Champions, which have brought together two longstanding campaigns from the Sunday Mail and Daily Record – the Great Scot Awards, which clocked up 28 years, and Our Heroes, which ran for 18 years.

The glittering event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central Hotel will salute the nation's unsung heroes and
pay tribute to some well-kent faces from the worlds of sport and entertainment.

From little children who have triumphed over adversity to military and emergency service heroes who have gone above and beyond to save lives, we will honour them all.

Des, who hosts Heart Drivetime on Heart Scotland with Jennifer Reoch and presents BBC Radio Scotland topical quiz show Breaking The News, can’t wait to be part of the Des and Jackie double act again.

The One Show regular said: "All my major milestones have been marked with Jackie Bird. My first big live presenting gig was Children In Need and there she was.

"I've been co-hosting live events with her ever since. We bounce off each other, the banter is good and there is always lots of fun involved."

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