Sir Tom Farmer receives the Edinburgh Award
Sir Tom Farmer became the ninth person to be honoured with the prestigious Edinburgh Award at the City Chambers this weekend (Friday 4 March).
The entrepreneur and philanthropist was presented
with an engraved Loving Cup from Edinburgh’s Lord Provost on behalf of the
city. Christine De Luca, the Edinburgh
Makar, recited a poem commissioned especially for the occasion.
An impression of Sir Tom’s handprints has been immortalised on a flagstone outside the City Chambers alongside those of previous Edinburgh Award recipients Tom Gilzean, Richard Demarco, Ian Rankin, JK Rowling, George Kerr, Sir Chris Hoy, Professor Peter Higgs and Elizabeth Blackadder.
Lord Provost Donald Wilson, said: "Each year the Edinburgh Award allows the citizens of the city to thank and celebrate one of the Capital’s outstanding individuals. As an inspiration to scores of local people – right across business, education and community life - Sir Tom Farmer is a superb choice. I am proud to have been able to present him with the Loving Cup.”
Now 75, Sir Tom Farmer began his career at 15 at a local tyre firm before famously founding one of Europe’s largest and best known automotive repair businesses, Kwik Fit. He is the current major shareholder of Hibernian Football Club and is Chancellor of Queen Margaret University.
He said: “It is a great honour for me to receive the Edinburgh Award. Edinburgh is the city of my birth and I am overwhelmed that I have been chosen to receive this prestigious recognition. I wish to thank those who nominated me and the judging panel. I must also thank my wife Anne and my family and friends who have supported and encouraged me all throughout my life.”