Video: James Nesbitt's personal message to our Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards finalists
Home grown movie star James Nesbitt couldn't make it to the Culloden Hotel for our Spirit of Northern Ireland awards tonight but he was touched by the inspirational stories behind our 15 finalists.
Even though the Ballymena born actor was tied up with filming commitments in London he recorded a personal video message on set to say he was “with everyone in spirit”, adding: “Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.”
He was jut one of a galaxy of stars which lent their support on the night or via video for our annual recognition of Northern Ireland's everyday heroes.
All our readers can share in the magic of the evening as the ceremony, presented by Pamela Ballantine and Frank Mitchell, was filmed for a special one-hour UTV programme which will be broadcast on Friday, June 19 at 9pm.