US radio show host Rita Cosby gripped an audience as she recounted her war hero father's story at an awards ceremony.

Ms Cosby was in ­Edinburgh and Glasgow last week on a visit to the country that gave her father the promise of a new beginning after he escaped from a prisoner of war camp.

Warsaw Uprising hero Ryszard Kossobudzki - or Richard Cosby, as he became - arrived in Glasgow towards the close of the Second World War.

Loading article content

He died in 2012. Ms Cosby, guest of honour at the first Outstanding Pole in Scotland Awards set up to celebrate the countries' relationship, has told his story in a book, Quiet Hero.

During her visit she met with First Minister Alex Salmond and Polish Consul General Thomasz Trafas.

At the awards in Edinburgh last night, Ms Cosby said: "The world can benefit from the great spirit of the Polish people."

The awards honoured people across a range of ­categories. The Culture ­category was won by Izabella Brodzinska, and the Business category by Albert Fret.

The Science award went to Dr Piotr Marek Jaworski.

Majka Maria Hanna KozBowska won the ­personality award and Oliwia NastaBek was winner in the Young Pole category.