Cit­i­zen of the Year

Wor­thy win­ners are honoured

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The Blair­gowrie Cit­i­zen of the Year and Young Per­son of the Year were pre­sented with their awards at the com­mu­nity mar­ket in the Wellmeadow on Satur­day.

Well-known lo­cal res­i­dent Sandy Thom­son was 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 was pre­sented with the Young Per­son of the Year award.

Sandy, chair of Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Com­mu­nity Foot­ball Club (BRCFC), re­ceived the an­nual ac­co­lade in recog­ni­tion of his ef­forts for the club and the wider com­mu­nity.

He was also com­mended for his in­volve­ment in other or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the East­ern Perthshire Com­mu­nity Sports Hub, of which he is vice-chair, the Blair­gowrie Town Hall com­mit­tee, and Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

In­tro­duc­ing the awards, Ian Richards from Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil de­scribed Sandy and Eve as very wor­thy win­ners.

He said that gen­er­a­tions of town’s sport­ing youth owed much to Sandy and re­ferred to his many years as a leader for the Boys’ Brigade, prais­ing his drive, lead­er­ship, en­ergy and vi­sion in ev­ery­thing he does for the town.

Ac­cept­ing the award, Sandy said: “When I was told that I had won the Cit­i­zen of the Year award I was al­most speech­less and for any­one who knows me that’s a ma­jor achieve­ment.

“I was sur­prised, shocked, but also ex­tremely proud, honoured and priv­i­leged to even be nom­i­nated, never mind win. It is an un­der­state­ment to say how de­lighted and chuffed I am.

“I am very for­tu­nate to have so many hard-work­ing vol­un­teers be­hind me at BRCFC who are driv­ing foot­ball for­ward in our area, so this is as much for them as it is for me - I am re­ally only the spokesper­son - so a big thanks to them for all their hard work be­hind the scenes. Thanks also to the mem­bers of the public who must have thought I was wor­thy of win­ning this and go­ing to the trou­ble of fill­ing in the forms.

“And thanks to my wife and fam­ily for sup­port­ing me in ev­ery­thing I do.

“Thank you all for com­ing to the mar­ket and sup­port­ing this event and mak­ing it a truly mem­o­rable day for my­self and Eve - not bad for a Rat­tray boy and a Rat­tray girl to win the Blair­gowrie Cit­i­zen of the Year awards!”

In­tro­duc­ing Eve, Ian said that the 12-year-old is thought to be the youngest re­cip­i­ent of the Young Per­son of the Year award.

The lead drum­mer with Rat­tray March­ing Band, Eve was nom­i­nated for her hard work and com­mit­ment to the group.

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.

Ian thanked the Blair­gowrie Ad­ver­tiser, Some­thing Spe­cial, the judges, Na­tion­wide, Miller Ger­rard, McNabs and the Strath­more Centre for Youth Devel­op­ment for sup­port­ing the awards.

Win­ners Sandy Thom­son (centre) with two of his grand­chil­dren, Rhia (9) and Beth (7) Thom­son, and Pat McGregor, Ally Don­ald and Ian Richards from Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil

Young per­son of the year Eve Camp­bell with her grand­dad Alan Grant and lit­tle sis­ter Sum­mer (6)

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