Citizen of the year
Presentation to Sandy and Eve
The Blairgowrie Citizen of the Year and Young Person of the Year will be presented with their awards at the community market in the Wellmeadow this Saturday.
Well-known local resident Sandy Thomson will be presented with the Blairgowrie Advertiser Cup at a special ceremony at the town’s market after being voted Citizen of the Year 2016/17.
And young Eve Campbell will presented with the Young Person of the Year award at the ceremony.
Sandy, chair of Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Football Club (BRCFC), will receive the annual accolade in recognition of his efforts for the club and the wider community.
A number of nominations were received for the awards this year, all of which were considered by an independent panel of judges against a range of criteria, including the number of people benefiting from a nominee’s activities.
Nominating Sandy for the award, one local resident commented: “As chairman of BRCFC, he is bringing together a structure to not only provide playing and coaching facilities for young boys and girls but also to provide a pathway for them to progress through youth, amateur and junior levels.
“His drive, leadership and energy was instrumental in setting up the changing facilities at the Piggy Lane playing fields and without that same leadership it is clear there would not be a community football club for the 160 players who are currently members of the various affliated teams.
“He is also striving for a 3G pitch for the town which involves considerable liasion with so many different sporting bodies, funding providers and other local sports clubs that will also benefit from the facility.”
Sandy was also commended for his involvment in other organisations such as the Eastern Perthshire Community Sports Hub, of which he is vicechair, the Blairgowrie Town Hall committee, and Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Council.
This year’s Young Person of the Year Award will be presented to 12-year-old Eve Campbell.
Eve is the lead drummer with Rattray Marching Band and was nominated for her hard work and commitment to the band.
Having joined when she was just seven-years-old, Eve is now a competent drummer and is helping pass on her skills to younger members of the band.
The Citizen of the Year and Young Person of the Year awards will be presented at 11am in the Wellmeadow.
Everyone is welcome to come along and support Sandy and Eve.
Citizen of the Year Sandy Thomson