Friends honour stalwarts
THE Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, the independent conservation and heritage charity for the national park, has recognised the outstanding voluntary and selfless contributions made towards enriching the special qualities of the area for the benefit of visitors and local residents.
At the charity’s recent annual general meeting, awards were given to former Buchanan Community Council secretary Joe Twaddle, Paul Saunders, who runs his media and photography business around Loch Lomond, and John Beveridge, who is one of the main driving forces behind the restoration of the Maid of the Loch steamship at Balloch Pier.
All three were recognised as having made an enormous difference to the visitor experience in the national park in recent years.
Joe, who runs Passfoot bed and breakfast in Balmaha with his wife Betty, was given the third Hannah Stirling National Park Award in recognition of his hard work, commitment and outstanding service over many years to the wellbeing of east Loch Lomondside.
The Hannah Stirling National Park Award was established by the Friends in 2015 in honour of its late former president.
The National Park Business Supporter of the Year award went to Paul, in recognition of his contribution to the success of the Tom Weir’s Loch Lomond Wonderland project and the Friends of our Park scheme.
The Friends recognised the voluntary efforts of John, who for the past 35 years has been at the helm of the efforts to get the Maid of the Loch sailing again. As voluntary project manager working with a number of consultants, John has also recently managed to secure significant funding pledge towards this cause from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
James Fraser (chairman, Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs), Paul Saunders, Joe Twaddle, Ross Anderson (chairman, Scottish Campaign for National Parks), John Beveridge, Willie Nisbet (vice- convener, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority) and John Urquhart (vice- chairman, Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs).