Spurred on to great success

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WEST Lothian Clarion Cycling Club’s magazine was voted best cover of the decade last week.

For the 10th anniversary year of the PPA Scottish Magazine awards, a one-off category of Scottish Magazine Cover of the Decade was included, and from a staggering 262 entries, that were shortlisted to 12, an online vote made ‘Boots and Spurs’ the winner with 5213 votes cast.

Boots and Spurs is designed by Linlithgow’s Matthew Ball.

He said: “I was thrilled to win the award. I produce the club magazine for fun with my wife Kirsty and brother in-law Garry. It’s a real family affair, so to beat professional titles came as a big surprise!

“The clarion’s members were really encouraging and really got behind their magazine, so a big thank you to everyone who voted for Boots and Spurs. I’ve been designing magazines for 17 years but this is the biggest and best award I’ve received!”

Matt also works with three other magazines, The Biologist, Escape, and TESS. that won awards on the night, attended by over 250 guests and hosted by comedienne and ventriloquist Nina Conti in Glasgow last Thursday.

Kathy Crawford Hay, PPA Scotland business manager, said: “The fantastic response we received to the Scottish Magazine Cover of the Decade category and the wonderful support shown by publishers in Scotland is truly overwhelming, and continues to show just how strong the magazine publishing sector is in Scotland.”