Country hall of fame honour for singer Jackie

Jackie Storrar with her Hall of Fame induction award
Jackie Storrar with her Hall of Fame induction award

Fife singer and broadcaster Jackie Storrar returned from London on Monday clutching an engraved glass award honouring her services to British Country Music.

She admits the honour and recognition of being inducted into the Hall of Fame couldn’t have come at a better time following a six year battle against breast cancer.

She was absolutely thrilled when she got a phone call to say she was this year’s inductee at the British Country Music Awards.

It now puts her alongside names such as veteran broadcaster Bob Harris and guitarist Albert Lee.

“This is such an exciting time to be involved in British country music,” said Jackie. “I’ve seen it evolve so much over the past 30 years and feel so proud to have been part of it”.

The past two years have been extremely tough for the Country DJ who is now fighting an incurable diagnosis.

Jackie - whose name is best known in Scotland for her shows on Radio Tay and Smooth Radio - admits she’s been very fortunate to have a career spanning 30 years.

But her world was turned upside down in 2010 when she was diagnosed with cancer.

“I did get over it”, she said. “I thought I was one of the lucky ones, but now it’s back and we’re trying treatment after treatment to keep me alive.”

She joined Radio Tay in 1986 making her the station’s first female country presenter.

She moved to Malta in 1994 to take up the prestigious role as breakfast show presenter with Island Sound Radio.

Upon her return, Jackie helped launch Smooth Radio in Glasgow in 2007, where she presented her weekly show for two years.