Friends hon­our stal­warts

The Oban Times - - Districts -

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).

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