MOBO and 6 Day Orienteering event triumph at Thistle Awards

MOBO Awards 2009, La Toya Jackson

Organised by VisitScotland, the 2010 Scottish Thistle Awards were presented at a glittering ceremony hosted by top Scottish comedian Ronni Ancona at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The Mobo Organisation, which brought the world-famous Mobo Awards to the SECC last September, danced away with the Events and Festivals (International) award.

Featuring performances from the likes of Kelly Rowland, N-Dubz and JLS, the Mobos took place outside of London for the first time in 13 years, boosting Scotland’s economy by £1.35 million in the process. More than 7,000 attended the event, which was beamed out to more than 250 million viewers worldwide.

The Scottish 6Day Orienteering event: Tay 2009, which combined six individual competitions in different locations throughout Perthshire, Fife and Angus, picked up the Events and Festivals (National) prize at the Scottish Thistle Awards on Friday.

Anne Hickling, Marketing Director of Scottish Orienteering 6Day Event Company, said: "This award is a tribute to the huge amount of work done by the volunteer organising committee for the Scottish Orienteering 6Day Event 2009 and the wider Scottish orienteering community.  Their efforts combined to give 4000 people from around the world a memorable week’s holiday in Scotland, involving not only a fantastic week of orienteering competition in Tayside but also the opportunity to enjoy all the other attractions of the region.”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, said: “We were delighted to support the Scottish Thistle Awards and it is great to see the MOBO Awards 2009 being recognised. It was a fantastic event in Glasgow which further elevated Scotland’s success at hosting major international events that attract visitors from afar and a global TV audience.”

“And it is great to see Scottish 6Day Orienteering take home the honours in the National Events category.  It is a unique event that engaged the local community and showcased some of the wonderful scenery Perthshire has to offer events such as this.”

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