Derry sweeps the board at annual Tatler Awards

Grainne Deeney (centre) from Derry~Londonderry, winner of the Bride of the Year award, with Emma McCormish and Susan Hodgen from award sponsor, La Boda Bridal in Banbridge at the glittering Ulster Tatler People of the Year Awards at Belfast City Hall. This was the sixth year for the awards were created by Northern Ireland's longest-running glossy magazine, Ulster Tatler, to recognise and celebrate the people who have lit up its pages for more than 40 years and comprise of 12 individual categories relating to life and lifestyles in Northern Ireland.
Grainne Deeney (centre) from Derry~Londonderry, winner of the Bride of the Year award, with Emma McCormish and Susan Hodgen from award sponsor, La Boda Bridal in Banbridge at the glittering Ulster Tatler People of the Year Awards at Belfast City Hall. This was the sixth year for the awards were created by Northern Ireland's longest-running glossy magazine, Ulster Tatler, to recognise and celebrate the people who have lit up its pages for more than 40 years and comprise of 12 individual categories relating to life and lifestyles in Northern Ireland.
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Derry got more than a few mentions at last week’s Ulster Tatler awards with the winners in a number of categories hailing from the North West.

Apprentice winner and Alan Sugar’s new business partner Leah Totton, made a trip back from London to pick up her Celebrity of the Year award at the glitzy bash.

Other winners included Margaret Johnston from Honey Hair and Beauty on Carlisle Road who was named Hairdresser of the Year and local woman Grainne Deeney who was named Bride of the Year.

Among other big winners on the night were Godfather of Punk and Teenage Kicks producer Terri Hooley who picked up the Arts Personality of the Year.

Ulster Tatler editor Chris Sherry was delighted with the success of the event: “The awards are now in their sixth year and each year just keeps getting bigger and better,” said Chris.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the phenomenal success of last night’s event.”

“It was a real celebration of the highly-talented people we have here in Northern Ireland and the readers of Ulster Tatler and the public in general really gave their wholehearted support to the awards by nominating an incredible array of people in each of the categories,” he continued.

“I would personally like to congratulate both the winners and all those shortlisted in the various categories.

“My thanks go to everyone who made nominations, to the award judges and to our friends in the media without whom these awards just couldn’t take place,” Chris added.

The awards comprise 12 individual categories relating to life and lifestyles in Northern Ireland, from fashion to interior design, hairdressing to hospitality and from business to sport.

Shortlists in each category were compiled from votes cast by members of the public while dedicated panels of judges had the unenviable task of selecting the winners in the hotly-contested categories.