Roy Walker is business awards’ main speaker

Roy Walker will be the main speaker at the Gainsborough Business Awards

Roy Walker will be the main speaker at the Gainsborough Business Awards

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TV funnyman and presenter Roy Walker has been confirmed as the main speaker at this year’s Gainsborough Business Awards.

The much-loved presenter, who is best known for presenting the ITV programme Catchphrase, will address more than 200 business people at the fourth annual event on 12th September.

Organisers had tried to stay tight-lipped about who the main speaker would be, but Roy’s name was soon a hot topic on Twitter as people started talking about the event on the social media site.

The awards are once again being organised by Langleys Solicitors LLP and Ideafuel Creative.

Shaun Cole from the marketing agency admitted keeping the good news under wraps had been difficult.

“Roy is such a legend and we still can’t believe that he’s coming to the Gainsborough Business Awards,” said Shaun.

“He’s the face of such a successful and long-running TV show that has been part of our lives for years, and there’s no doubt he will get a very warm welcome from everyone on the night.”

Danielle Lister from Langleys added: “The awards are going from strength to strength and it shows just how far they have come in four short years that they can attract someone of Roy Walker’s calibre to attend.”

“The sponsors of the event are delighted and I’ll bet there’ll be a big queue of people wanting to say hello to Roy. It will make for a very memorable night,” she added.

The awards have become a highlight of the town’s business calendar and organisers are expecting a bumper crop of entries from local firms with stories to tell about their achievements.

Applications are now being accepted and businesses have until Friday 16th August to submit them. The winners will revealed at the black tie awards evening on Thursday 12th September.

Local companies including The White Heather, The Florist, Freewatt, West Lindsey District Council, Gainsborough College, the Gainsborough Standard and Wright Vigar are all backing the awards.

Melvyn Prior from BBC Radio Lincolnshire will compère the event and tickets for the awards are now on sale at £35 each or £300 for a table of ten.

For more information visit www.gainsboroughawards.com or get the breaking news on Twitter by following @GainsboroughBiz