Mark Watson to host 2019 Tyre Industry Awards
Event returns to Birmingham
The NTDA has announced that multi-talented Bristolian Mark Watson is host the 2019 Tyre Industry Awards, which are to be held during the Association’s 90th Annual Dinner, sponsored by Land Tyre Service, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham on the evening of Thursday 3 October 2019.
A TV and radio regular, Watson is described as one of the UK’s leading live comedians, as well as a writer, producer and director. Nominated twice for the main Edinburgh Comedy award, (first with the Cambridge Footlights, and winning the award the second time), his brand of intelligent observation, friendly banter, and endearing frustration with the world is said to “engage and entertain in equal measure”.
Mark Watson is also an accomplished writer. His first semi-autobiographical book, Crap at the Environment, charts his attempts to become a sustainability expert in a year. He’s followed this with a string of well-received novels including: A Light-hearted Look at Murder, Bullet Point, and Hotel Alpha.
NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “We are thrilled to have a comedian of Mark’s calibre as our awards host in 2019. Returning to the ICC means we have a fantastic venue in the heart of Britain’s 2nd City where the NTDA held its 1st Annual Dinner in 1930 and early indications are (based on over 100 guest bookings already), that it’s going to be as popular as the 2015 dinner we held there, which attracted 620 guests. Sponsorship uptake has also been fantastic already with Maritime Cargo Services, Continental Tyre Group Ltd, Jelf Beaumont, Hankook Tyre UK Ltd, Pirelli Tyres Ltd, Trelleborg Wheel Systems and the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights all confirmed. We are, already, very excited about this event and the prospect of Mark’s involvement is certainly adding to that excitement!”