FRIDAY was a night of celebration in the Kinloch Arms Hotel, Carnoustie, where friends, family and colleagues gathered to mark Peter Murphy’s 13 years as a councillor and latterly as Depute Provost of Angus.
Councillor Margaret Thomson was among those who paid warm tribute to Mr Murphy’s dedicated service to the people of Carnoustie and District.
In his response, Mr Murphy gave a potted biography which included a full rendition of the traditional Scottish song ‘Nicky Tams’. He paid tribute to his wife, Margaret, whose help, he said, had been unstinting.
Jenny Marra, one of Labour’s north east members of the Scottish Parliament also thanked Mr Murphy.
She said: “Peter’s life of public service is an inspiration for young people who want to serve their communities.
“The lives he has touched and transformed in teaching and politics were many. Anyone who knows Peter is cheered and affirmed by his zest for life.”
Mr Murphy was presented with an engraved quaich and a bottle of malt whisky and Mrs Murphy received a bouquet of flowers.