Three community council members received awards for more than 20 years’ service at the bi-annual meeting of community councils in Forfar last Wednesday.
Provost Helen Oswald presented awards to Lorna Mitchell, Patrick Newman and Jamie Stormonth-Darling, who have each given 20 years or more of service to community councils.
Lorna Mitchell is the longest serving member of The Royal Burgh of Forfar Community Council. For most of her service years Lorna has held the office of treasurer - an onerous task - and was again re-elected as treasurer at the recent annual general meeting.
Over the years Lorna has proved to be an excellent ambassador for Forfar Community Council. Her calm and commonsense approach is a great asset when difficult or contentious issues are being discussed around the table. She has also served on the Christmas lights committee and has always been willing to help out at fund-raising events, attend meetings on behalf of community council and provide transport to meetings.
Patrick Newman serves as a member of Kirriemuir Landward East Community Council, lives in Cortachy and has many interests including music and gardening. He is a well-known figure in the world of Scottish traditional music and has been the chauffeur for Lord Airlie of Cortachy for over 30 years. He is an elder in the church and is committed to his various communities in all he does.
Also a member of Kirriemuir Landward East Community Council, Jamie Stormonth-Darling has followed in his father’s footsteps, as his father was a founding member of the community council. Jamie has been the secretary for many years at different times and has always committed his time and energy fully to the community council and its work. Recently retired as factor of Kinnordy estates, he is still giving his time to others through his work with various communities in the area.