Jun 11, 2002
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Paul McCartney attended the first “Pride of Britain Awards” ceremony, to present the Linda McCartney Award For Animal to Juliet Gellatley.
The Pride of Britain Awards is an annual award ceremony which takes place in the United Kingdom, first televised on ITV in 2000.
The awards honour British people who have acted bravely or extraordinarily in challenging situations and is presented by Carol Vorderman. The Pride of Britain Award winners are chosen by a panel of celebrities and well-known figures from a range of backgrounds, and has included multiple appearances by Simon Cowell, Richard Branson, Fiona Phillips, Christine Bleakley, Magdi Yacoub, Richard Wallace, Eamonn Holmes and Aled Jones, chaired from 1999 to 2004 by Piers Morgan and from 2005 to 2006 by Peter Willis, founder of the awards.
The first Pride of Britain Awards were held at the Dorchester Hotel in London in May 1999, then relocated to The London Studios in 2000, and then later relocated to the Grosvenor House Hotel from the 2011 award ceremony.
The awards are organised in association with the Daily Mirror, Lidl, ITV, Good Morning Britain and The Prince’s Trust. […]
From Pride of Britain Awards:
Juliet Gellatley, 35, is single-handedly responsible for about half of Britain’s non-meat-eating population becoming vegetarian.
She is an effective, intelligent campaigner whose quiet dedication to helping animals won the admiration and support of Linda.
She is the founder and director of Viva! — Vegetarians International Voice for Animals – which campaigns to end the abuse of farm animals.
She started National Vegetarian Week in 1992 with the support of Linda, and launched a campaign called Scream! which took the facts about factory farming into the nation’s schools.
She sees children as the best hope for a more compassionate tomorrow and has organised a network of 120 trained school speakers.
By working closely with education authorities, her Choice! campaign increased the number of schools offering healthy vegetarian meals from 13 to 85 per cent.
She is author of several widely acclaimed vegetarian books and magazines and was the first person to interview Sir Paul after Linda’s death last year.
Nominating Juliet, Sir Paul said: “She has worked tirelessly for many years on many animal issues, most recently being responsible for the successful campaign to remove ostrich and kangaroo meats from supermarket shelves. She is a low-key but very effective campaigner, and someone I believe to be very worthy of this award.“
During that night, for the first time, Paul McCartney met Heather Mills who would become his second wife.
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