Tributes to Carnoustie Citizen of Year Olive

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Tributes have poured in for the Carnoustie Citizen of the Year - Olive Duncan - who has sadly passed away.

The news, shared on the Our Carnoustie Facebook page, saw over 400 comments posted from residents paying their respects.

Olive was recognised just last month at the annual Citizen of the Year event. Her husband, Stewart, collected the award on her behalf. Her dedication to the community was praised by Arliss Rhind, chairman of Carnoustie Community Council, who said she was “immediately recognisable simply by her first name. Everyone knows her just as Olive the flower lady”. He added that she was “always smiling, always helpful” and was a “ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.”

The post on Our Carnoustie said: “It is with a heavy heart that we write this post to let our followers know that Olive Duncan (Olive the Flower Lady) lost her courageous battle against cancer earlier this week. Olive ran her florists for nearly 40 years and has supported hundreds, maybe even thousands of people in the community through joyous occasions and sad ones. She would regularly be in the shop from the early hours of the morning to late at night preparing beautiful flower arrangements for customers.

“Olive was recently awarded ‘Carnoustie Citizen of the Year’ which her husband Stewart Duncan collected on her behalf. This award was testament to how highly regarded she was in the local community.

“I’m sure many of you will agree with us when we say she truly made an outstanding contribution to both Carnoustie and the people she met during her life.’’

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