Dual ceremony honours band and Citizen of the Year

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CARNOUSTIE Community Council gave a dual ceremony to recognise the achievements of residents.

The Citizen of the Year awards presentation at the Royal British Legion Scotland on Wednesday evening was followed by a reception to recognise the remarkable achievement of the Carnoustie and District Brass Band.

The Citizen of the Year award was presented to Gordon Webster for his services to the community.

Gordon works as the delivery driver for Carnoustie’s Co-op store and his award was presented by Martin Grant from sponsor Mackay’s Preserves.

Vice-chairman of the community council Ed Oswald explained: “Not only does he ensure that residents’ shopping is delivered safely to their door, Gordon also acts as a vital community link with his clients, many of whom are elderly or infirm, by checking on their welfare and other needs.

“During the severe winter weather experienced last year when the town was snowbound for many days, Gordon acted as a ‘lifeline’ for many people confined to their homes.

“His popularity is reflected in the number of residents who nominated Gordon for this prestigious award.”

The Junior Citizen of the Year Award was presented to 17 year old golfer Jessica Meek by Mr Ernie Orrock, for her recent string of impressive successes.

Jessica took up golf under the expert guidance of her father Dave, and like her father joined the Station masters golf club and is also a member of Carnoustie Ladies’ Golf Club.

Mr Oswald outlined some of her most recent accomplishments: “Last season Jessica was selected for the Scotland team which competed in the European Girls’ Championships in Hungary.

“Throughout the season Jessica competed in many events including coming second in the Carnoustie Junior Links, first in the Kirriemuir Ladies’ Open, second in the Northern Ladies’ Open Handicap and making it to the semi-finals of the Carnoustie Ladies’ Links.

“She ended the season on a handicap of 3.3 (3). This season, Jessica has continued to work hard with the Scottish Women’s set-up and the Angus Ladies County Team.

“She recently won the St Andrews Junior Open matchplay championship at St Andrews followed by the North of Scotland Girls Championship at Moray. Jessica currently plays off 1.”

Outwith golf, Jessica was part of the Carnoustie High volleyball team that won the Scottish school team championship 2011 and she has just been voted as house captain for Kinloch House at Carnoustie High School.

After the award presentation Mr Oswald welcomed the Carnoustie and District Brass Band with a reception to recognise their achievements.

He said: “This is the third year in succession that the community council has had the pleasure of holding a reception for the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band.

“This year, the band went straight to the top of youth brass banding when they won the Premier Section title at the British Youth Brass band Championships in Manchester.

“The band, formed in 2008, has 41 young players led by Michael Robertson and continues to astound us all with their skill and expertise.

“The standing of the band within our community cannot be overstated and they are credit to the town, the High School and most importantly – themselves.”