Christine and Robert are honoured

Carnoustie's 2012 citizen and junior citizen arard winners Robert Ritchie and Christine Milne.
Carnoustie's 2012 citizen and junior citizen arard winners Robert Ritchie and Christine Milne.

CARNOUSTIE has honoured its model citizens at an awards ceremony.

The Citizen of the Year Award presentation evening took place at the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms, Dundee Street, on Friday evening.

The event, organised by Carnoustie Community Council and sponsored by jam manufacturer Mackays Limited recognises the achievements of local people.

This year’s recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award was Christine Milne for work as a foster carer.

Christine and her husband, Alan, have devoted a large part of their lives to foster caring, all the while raising their own family.

During their time as carers, the couple have fostered 90 different children.

Stefan has been with the family for 13 years, and despite being blind and partially deaf is able to lead an active and independent life thanks to Christine.

Paul Grant, chairman of Mackays Ltd., presented Christine with her award and a cheque for £200 for her nominated charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Winner of the Junior Citizen of the Year was Robert Ritchie (17), who was chosen for his work with the Scouting movement and in the community.

Robert is in his fifth year at Carnoustie High School, and last summer joined 49 other Scottish Scouts for a month in Malawi revamping the national Malawian Scout Campsite.

The campsite is used to train Malawian Scout leaders and to realise money for local causes. To make the trip Robert had to raise a significant sum of money.

Robert also helps with the Carnoustie Beaver groups, represented Carnoustie in many international Scouting events and also helps with stage lighting for Carnoustie Musical Society and Carnoustie Theatre Club.

The Young Citizen Award trophy was presented by Mrs Eve Orrock, in memory of her son, Derek, who died of cancer at the age of 17.

Robert was also given £100 to donate to a charity of his choice.

Presiding over the ceremony was Jim Simpson, chairman of Carnoustie Community Council. He said: “We would like to thank all those members of public who sent in nominations for both awards.

“We had a great response, all worthy nominees, but there can be only one winner in each category so if you were unsuccessful, please write in again next year.”

Providing a musical accompaniment to the evening was the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band who were also recognised for their success at the British Youth Championships.

Mr Simpson presented the band with a cheque for £100 and said: “Many of us were fortunate enough to be able to hear the band’s programme at a performance in St Anne’s church prior to leaving for the Championships.

“The skill and professionalism of the players is quite astounding and something they should be very proud of.

“The young musicians carry the name of the town wherever they play and this is something we are all proud of.”