The contribution of Buchanie farming columnist, Eddie Gillanders, to North-east agriculture was recognised at the Turriff Show last week with the presentation of the North-east region of NFU Scotland’s annual Unsung Hero award.
The presentation of an engraved crystal decanter and bottle of malt whisky was made by national president, Nigel Miller, at a reception on the NFUS stand.
“Eddie is a worthy recipient of this award for his professionalism and commitment to the industry here in the North-east and throughout Scotland,” said Mr Miller.
The presentation came as a total surprise to Eddie who had been kept in the dark about the award.
“I was busy doing my job as a reporter writing down Nigel’s speech and trying to puzzle out who he was talking about,” said Eddie.
“I was completely taken aback when it was my name he announced. It is a singular honour which I very much appreciate although I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve it.”
Eddie, who lives in Drumoak, has worked in the agricultural industry as a journalist and marketing specialist for more than 50 years and reported his first NFU meeting in 1965.
He retired as marketing manager of ANM Group Ltd in 2003 and in his retirement with his wife, Marion, produces a bi-monthly farming magazine for the North-east.
He continues to contribute to the national farming press and has written a weekly column on farming for the Buchaniene and other local papers in the North-east for more than 25 years.