Com­mu­nity hero

Top award for de­lighted Mo­ni­aive green­gro­cer

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

A green­gro­cer de­scribed as the “hub of the com­mu­nity” has picked up an award for his en­gage­ment ef­forts.

Gra­ham Wat­son, of Wat­son’s Gro­cers in Mo­ni­aive, was crowned Com­mu­nity Hero at the Scot­tish Gro­cers’ Fed­er­a­tion as recog­ni­tion for the store’s “highly in­no­va­tive” in­volve­ment and en­gage­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

The store has been in busi­ness in the vil­lage for 18 years and Gra­ham’s wife is also an ac­tive part of the com­mu­nity in her role as head teacher at the lo­cal pri­mary school.

Gra­ham said: “I would per­son­ally like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank my staff who have worked in­cred­i­bly hard over the last 18 years and of course our fab­u­lous and loyal cus­tomers who use the shop and make Mo­ni­aive and the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity the very spe­cial place it is.

“The award has rein­vig­o­rated our store and in­spired us to con­tinue to do that lit­tle bit ex­tra in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“This means a lot to all of us and is a real shot in the arm for the busi­ness.”

John Lee, SGF Head of Pub­lic Af­fairs, said: “The judg­ing panel were hugely impressed by the highly in­no­va­tive types of in­volve­ment that had taken place in – par­tic­u­larly around the mu­sic fes­ti­vals, the liv­ing ad­vent cal­en­dar and the pho­tog­ra­phy project.

“The store truly is the hub of the com­mu­nity and this is a thor­oughly well-de­served award for Gra­ham.”

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