Stalwart of BBC's 'Landward' Recognised in Commons Motion

Stalwart of BBC's 'Landward' Recognised in Commons Motion

Published date : 21 July, 2021

The North-east-based long-time presenter of BBC Scotland’s ‘Landward’ programme has had his service recognised in a Parliamentary Motion tabled by Gordon SNP MP Richard Thomson. 


Euan McIlwraith, who has been associated with the Aberdeen-made programme for 30 years, latterly as presenter of the popular rural affairs show, has announced his retiral from the series. 


Mr Thomson has tabled a Motion in recognition of the huge contribution Euan has made to highlighting farming issues and rural affairs over many years.  Commenting, Richard said: 


“For many people this will be the end of an era with Euan’s retirement from ‘Landward’, and it’s right that we recognise his important work over three decades in covering what matters to rural Scotland. 


“Euan has covered a wide range of issues during his time on ‘Landward’, including the devastating foot-and-mouth disease outbreak of 2001 which hit rural Scotland so hard.  He’s had many lighter moments as well along the way, but always handled with the flair and professionalism we’ve come to expect. 


“I understand spending time with his grandchildren and sailing are now high on Euan’s list of priorities and I wish him all the very best for the future.” 



Early Day Motion 321 tabled 14 July 2021 by Richard Thomson MP (Gordon)(SNP) 


Euan McIlwraith and BBC Scotland’s ‘Landward’ 


That this House notes that Euan McIlwraith is stepping back from his presenting role on BBC Scotland’s Aberdeen-made farming and rural programme, Landward having been a constant presence on-screen for 30 years; recognises the wide range of subjects covered by Euan during his time on the series including the catastrophic foot and mouth disease outbreak of 2001; welcomes the window the programme provides for viewers into issues affecting rural Scotland; further notes that Euan’s natural story-telling abilities and warm style have made the programme a must-see for many people; and wishes Euan all the very best going forward where his new priorities will be his grandchildren, sailing and writing. 

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