Former MP, MSP and Provost of Angus, Andrew Welsh, was made an Honorary Freeman of Angus this evening (Friday).
The honour was bestowed on him by Angus Council at a meeting in Forfar and recognised his prominence in the political scene in Angus for almost 40 years.
Bestowing the honour, Angus Provost Helen Oswald said: “To be admitted as an Honorary Freeman of the County is the highest civic honour that can be bestowed on an individual by the council and this illustrates the very high esteem that Andrew is held in for his long years of public service to the people of Angus.”
She added: “Andrew Welsh has dedicated his adult life to the service of the people of Angus.
“No other parliamentarian has given the years of service that he has, with over 18 years at Westminster, 12 years at Holyrood and three years as Provost of Angus.
“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this unique honour than Andrew Welsh.”
Provost Oswald said they had received apologies from the First Minister of Scotland, The Right Hon. Alex Salmond, MSP who was unable to attend, but she did read out a letter of congratulation from the First Minister.