Out­door cou­ple hon­oured

The Oban Times - - News -

A LOCHABER cou­ple have been hon­oured with an award from Fort Wil­liam Moun­tain Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers.

Alex and Mary Gille­spie were pre­sented with the Friends of the Fes­ti­val Award, in­clud­ing free passes to all fu­ture fes­ti­val events, as an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sup­port they have given to the moun­tain fes­ti­val over the years and their con­tri­bu­tions to the wider out­doors com­mu­nity in Lochaber.

Dave Wrig­glesworth who pre­sented the award to the cou­ple said: ‘When the com­mit­tee was de­cid­ing who to present this award to I’ve never seen a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion taken so quickly. Alex and Mary are thought of with love, ad­mi­ra­tion and re­spect.’

Alex has been in­volved with the fes­ti­val since it started. He was a pro­fes­sional photographer for 40 years and in 1967 he joined Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue Team.

Mary, who Alex mar­ried in 1955, has looked af­ter many vol­un­teers from sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions over the years and has even made sur­vival tents for the army.

The cou­ple also both do reg­u­lar lit­ter picks as vol­un­teers with Friends of Ne­vis.

Alex and Mary ac­cepted the hon­our with mod­esty, with Alex say­ing: ‘It’s a rel­a­tively small thing we do. It’s great work­ing with the com­mit­tee but we’ve never been fully in­volved. We’re on the out­side. It’s been great to see the fes­ti­val grow from the be­gin­ning to what it is now.’

Mary added: ‘ We’re de­lighted to have been awarded this. It’s so nice of them to do it.’

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Alex and Mary Gille­spie, cen­tre, with Moun­tain Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers Dave Wrig­glesworth, left, and Tina Daven­port.

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