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Turriff launches search for Citizen Of The Year


By Kirsty Brown

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THE hunt is on once again for Turriff's Citizen Of The Year.

The accolade is organised by Turriff And District Rotary Club to recognise the outstanding contribution of an individual to the local community, either through youth organisations, charity groups, sport-related clubs or some other community focussed project.

The club are now urging members of the public to put pen to paper to nominate their local hero for the 2020 award.

The competition began in 1978 and has seen a citizen from Turriff or the surrounding area recognised each year for his or her work in the community, and the last year saw the award go to Girlguiding leader Mabel Webster.

Turriff's current citizen of the year Mabel Webster being presented with the accolade by community convenor Robert Pirie and president Iain Matthews.
Turriff's current citizen of the year Mabel Webster being presented with the accolade by community convenor Robert Pirie and president Iain Matthews.

The Rotary organising committee are hoping for another bumper year for entries and to make it easy for the public to get involved they will be placing nomination forms in accessible places throughout the town.

Anybody is welcome to pick up a form and fill in the details of who they would like to nominate for the accolade alongside their reasons for doing so.

Nominees will then be discussed by the selection committee and the winner selected on merit, not the amount of nominations.

Historical recipients of the accolade included the last provost of the town James Dawson, pipe band stalwart Bill Hepburn and James Scott for his work with the Legion.

More recently, recipients have included Turriff Pipe Band's Bill and Jackie Hepburn (the first joint winners of the award), fundraiser Mary Macfarlane, mobile postmaster Moira Raeburn, community stalwart Allan Stephen and Turriff Silver Band's Frank Cranna.

The closing date for submitting nomination forms is Friday November 6, and the winner will be announced before Christmas.



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