Background to Awards:
1) Grampian Personality of the Year Award, 1968: Billy does not know whether this award was a viewers’ choice or a peer-driven award.
2) The Penguin Award, 1970, was given by the Awards Committee/Members and Billy was the first personality at the new Channel 0 Network to receive an award of any kind for the Channel.
3) Three Gold Discs for the “Toast to the Tartan” LP is for sales of around 110,000 records, which Billy was awarded progressively over 1974.
4) Apex Club Golden Hand Award for Leukaemia Fundraising, 1984 - Billy considers this his most treasured award. He still helps with fundraising and makes regular donations.
5) Variety Award, 1993 - this is awarded by a Committee who travel around to venues and performers never know they have seen them. There are Variety “Tents” around the world and the award was put together after a baby, Catherine Variety Sheridan, was found abandoned in 1928, crying on an empty theatre seat and was adopted by big-hearted American showbiz personalities, thus the Variety Club, now the world’s greatest children’s charity, was formed.