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Harry is rewarded for lifetime achievement in Highland journalism

03 February 2011

The winner of the Barron Trophy, which recognises a lifetime achievement in journalism in the Highlands and Islands, is Harry McLaggan, Inverness, who recently retired after almost 40 years as a journalist.

Educated at Crieff Junior Secondary School and Morrisons Academy, Crieff, Harry joined D.C.Thomson in November 1969 after a short career in banking.

He moved from Perth to Inverness in 1970, working mainly for The People's Journal. From 1990, he ran the office, providing stories and photographs for the Sunday Post, Dundee Courier, Evening Telegraph and Weekly News as well as stories for various magazines such as The Scots Magazine.

Harry retired in September of last year.

Gordon Fyfe, chairman of the Highland Media Awards judging panel, said that Harry thoroughly deserved his award for entertaining his readers for decades with good human interest stories, which were unerringly accurate and well researched.

Gordon said: "Harry's duty to his readers was to inform, educate and at times amuse - but above all to right wrongs. At all times, he respected the confidences of people who gave him information. He always recognised the importance of making public bodies accountable and the role that good journalism played in that."

Harry will receive his award at the annual Highland Press Ball, which is being held at the Newton Hotel, Nairn, tomorrow night (Friday). Additional gongs celebrating the high quality of work of the Highlands media will be awarded at the ceremony, sponsored by Diageo, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

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