Irvine Welsh receives first-ever Tennent’s “Golden Can” Award

Author Irvine Welsh received the first-ever Tennent’s Lager “Golden Can” Award ahead of the hotly-anticipated T2 Trainspotting world premiere.

The hand-crafted Golden Cans have been specially created by Tennent’s to acknowledge those individuals who have had an outstanding impact on Scottish life and culture.

The Trainspotting author picked up his Golden Can in Edinburgh just days ahead of the world premiere of the new T2 Trainspotting movie, which took place on Sunday, January 22.

On receiving the first ever Tennent’s Lager Golden Can Award, Welsh said, “I’ve never been a natural awards recipient, but for some reason the Tennent’s Golden Can just makes sense to me!”

In addition to tapping into a reliable supply of Tennent’s, Leith-born Welsh will be welcomed into the Golden Can Hall of Fame and a replica of his award will be put on show in the Visitor’s Centre of the historic Tennent’s Lager Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow.

Now a permanent fixture in the Scottish calendar, Tennent’s will award future Golden Cans to deserving individuals as and when merited across the world of film, TV, comedy, music, sport and other areas of Scottish culture.

Alan Mcgarrie, Head of UK Brand Marketing at Tennent’s, said, “Irvine Welsh is an obvious choice for the first Tennent’s Golden Can Award. Whether it’s books, the stage or the big screen, he’s a total legend and so we’re delighted he’s “getting the first round in” with the inaugural Golden Can Award.

“Scots value a good sense-of-humour, our unique culture, a connection with our community and a deep-seated pride. But Tennent’s realised there wasn’t anything to celebrate that, or the incredible things that happen here.

“Whether it’s blockbuster movies, world class bands, the best inventions or the funniest tweets on the internet, Scotland’s always coming up with the goods. So that’s why we created the Golden Can Award.”

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