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Tribute to former councillor Norma Thomson


By Sean McAngus


Local politicians have paid tribute to former Buchan councillor Norma Thomson for her community work.

This comes after her family received the Heart of the Community award.

She was a former Convener of the Buchan Dial-a-Bus and Buchan Community Enterprise Group member.

Norma formally worked as a day care supervisor for the social work department of Aberdeenshire Council, was chairwoman of Deer Community Council and convener of the New Deer Hall committee- passed away

late last year.

MSP Gillian Martin has described the award given to the former Buchan councillor as ‘a fitting tribute’.

The Celebrate Aberdeen Awards recognise the achievements and contribution of those involved in the Third Sector and their second annual awards ceremony took place.

Thirty-four finalists were shortlisted for the eleven award categories with the winners announced on the night.

Gillian Martin MSP said:“I am delighted that Norma has been recognised and honoured

posthumously with the ‘Heart of the Community award’.

“Norma was a faithful representative to her community, a hard-working councillor, and someone who after leaving office continued to be actively involved in the betterment of the local area.

"She is greatly missed by her friends, colleagues and community.

“I hope Norma’s family will take great comfort from this posthumous award, which is a fitting tribute to someone who did so much."

While Stewart Stevenson MSP said:“Norma was a faithful representative to her community, a hard-working councillor, and someone who after leaving office continued to be actively involved in the betterment of the local area.

"She is greatly missed by her friends, colleagues and community.

“Norma did a tremendous amount for her community but perhaps her greatest achievement was in working with the Buchan Community Enterprise Group who bought the bank building in New Deer when the Clydesdale Bank announced it was closing.

"Rather than see the village left without a bank, Norma and the group rolled-up their sleeves and sold the idea to Royal Bank of Scotland that they should open a branch in New Deer.

"That was quite an achievement back in 2006 when bank closures were almost as common as they are today.

“I hope Norma’s family will take great comfort from this posthumous award, which is a fitting tribute to someone who did so much for others.”



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