Cit­i­zen of the year

Pre­sen­ta­tion to Sandy and Eve

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Damodaran

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

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