There was a double celebration for Northern Ireland’s ‘Godfather of Punk’ Terri Hooley last night as he scooped two awards at the Ulster Tatler People of the Year Awards.
He won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award, rounding off an unforgettable year for the music supremo.
In a year that included the release of his critically acclaimed film biopic Good Vibrations, Terri also picked up the Arts Personality of the Year award, beating off competition from actor Richard Dormer, who gave an outstanding performance playing Hooley on the silver screen, as well as local artist Terry Bradley and author Lucy Caldwell.
Ulster Tatler editor Chris Sherry read the citation for Hooley’s award to a full house of more than 400 guests at Belfast City Hall, reliving the amazing career to date of the Belfast man who has brought music to the city for 35 years.
“He is an influential promoter of Northern Irish music and founder of one of the most important record labels on these islands,” said Chris. “More importantly he is a record shop owner, opening his first shop in 1978 at a very troubled time for this city.”
Chris reminded the audience of the musical icons that have championed Terri over the years including DJ John Peel, local superstar DJ David Holmes and Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, as well as rave reviews in the film world following the release of his film biopic this year from revered film critic Mark Kermode and Hollywood director Ron Howard. “He is one of life’s survivors and a total maverick,” added Chris.
Other big winners on the night included The Apprentice 2013 winner Leah Totton who was named Celebrity of the Year and Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin who received the Sportsperson of the Year award.
Winners in other categories included Kris Turnbull of Kris Turnbull Ltd who won the Businessman of the Year award; Brian McMonagle of The Brewer’s House who took the Chef of the Year award; Heather Boyle from A Slice of Heaven, who lifted the Businesswoman of the Year award; Derek Patterson of The Plough, Hillsborough who was named as the Hotelier / Publican of the Year and Ruth Wilson of Beaufort Interiors who was presented with the Interior Designer of the Year award.
Chris said: “The awards are now in their sixth year and each year just keeps getting bigger and better.”