“A great inspiration to others”

Carnoustie Canine Capers member Scott Smith was presented with his Ditch The Dirt Hero award at the group's annual general meeting on Wednesday by Suzanne Roberts of Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Carnoustie Canine Capers member Scott Smith was presented with his Ditch The Dirt Hero award at the group's annual general meeting on Wednesday by Suzanne Roberts of Keep Scotland Beautiful.

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A Carnoustie man has been honoured with a brand new award from a national environmental charity for his work.

Scott Smith (24), a member of Carnoustie Canine Capers, was named a ‘Ditch The Dirt Hero’ by independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful as part of their Clean Up Scotland campaign.

His award was presented at the annual general meeting of Carnoustie Canine Capers on Wednesday evening in Burnside Primary School.

As part of his award Scott has been chosen as an ambassador for Ditch The Dirt fortnight which begins on September 30.

Scott, who suffers from cerebral palsy, has been an integral part of Carnoustie Canine Capers since he joined the group.

He regularly sets up and mans information stalls for the group and acts as their unofficial ‘roadie’, carrying equipment and helping out with school visits and information events.

Scott was nominated for the award by Flora Cairnie, co-ordinator of Carnoustie Canine Capers.

She said: “One of things in Carnoustie Canine Capers is we like to think we’re open to all ages and all abilities.

“Scott enjoys walking his dog and more importantly he cleans up after it. What’s more, he finds it completely unacceptable when people don’t clean up after their dog.

“This young man is a true credit to his parents and is a great ambassador for Carnoustie Canine Capers and Clean Up Scotland. He is totally deserving of this award as he is a great inspiration to others.”

Presenting the award was Suzanne Roberts, campaign coordinator at keep Scotland Beautiful. She said: “Scott has made a real contribution towards the aims of our Clean Up Scotland campaign. We want to take a stand against litter and dog fouling and with his determination to take a stand on the scourge of dog fouling Scott has shown the way to make a real difference.”