In my view

For one night a year the magnificent Canmore Room in Forfar welcomes Forfar’s “unsung heroes” who between them make Forfar the place it is.

Volunteers from all walks of life representing individual and collective acts of selfless service to the town are recognised by the Andrew Smyth Memorial Award Committee, which seeks nominations for those who have enhanced the reputation of Forfar. The award was set up in 1980 in honour of Andrew Smyth who, for half a century prior to his death in 1979, devoted himself completely to the town and was deeply involved in local government services.

The award ceremony is a wonderful opportunity for past recipients to join together and be recognised.

Each and every one has given up hours of their time for a whole variety of causes, from local charities and sports groups to uniformed organisations. They all carry out this important role quietly and without any fuss, so it is wonderful they are recognised publicly for their valuable contribution to Forfar life and are named “citizen of the year”.

Without exception each one is a worthy recipient and we should all be grateful for their unstinting devotion to our town.