Susan Boyle named Scot of the Year


SUSAN Boyle has been named Scot of the Year after pulling in a massive 95 per cent of the vote worldwide.

The online competition was run by ScotsCare – a London based charity which helps vulnerable Scots in London – and the winner was revealed in time to celebrate Scottish achievement on Burns Day.

Controversial former MSP Tommy Sheridan was the runner-up, claiming three per cent of the total vote, with actor Ewan McGregor coming in third with one per cent.

Fourth place went to Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and Andy Robinson – the English coach of the Scottish rugby team – made up the top 5.

Susan Boyle shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, and has scored two number one albums in both the UK and USA, as well as gaining a Grammy nomination.

William Docherty, chief executive of ScotsCare, said: “Susan is a very deserving winner.

“I am sure Rabbie would be very proud of her achievement in securing a second number one album on both sides of the Atlantic.

“We would like to wish Scots around the world a very happy Burns Day.”

Paisley-born actor Gerard Butler beat Ms Boyle to the post last year, and other previous winners include Gordon Brown and Chris Hoy.

ScotsCare, now in its 400th year, provides a living allowance for needy and elderly Scots in London and money for families living on low income.