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Volunteer Ian Garden recognised with Turriff Citizen Of The Year award


By Kirsty Brown

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Ian Garden was invited along to Turriff And District Rotary Club's Christmas meal to receive the accolade. Picture: Kirsty Brown
Ian Garden was invited along to Turriff And District Rotary Club's Christmas meal to receive the accolade. Picture: Kirsty Brown

Turriff's 2021 Citizen Of The Year has been revealed as volunteer Ian Garden.

Presented with the accolade at Turriff and District Rotary Club's Christmas Dinner, Ian said that the recognition had made him quite emotional.

To many in Turriff Ian will be a familiar face as he has never been afraid to step in and do his part to support the local community.

This has led to his involvement in various groups, both in Turriff and further afield.

Presently Ian is chairman of the Friends Of Turriff Boating Pond and the Friends Of Turriff And Banff MS Group.

He is also on the Board of Directors for Turriff Caravan Park and volunteers with Turriff In Bloom (formerly Turriff Town Pride Group) and Turriff Christmas Lights Switch On.

Many will also know Ian from his time spent volunteering with Turriff United Football Club at their home matches.

Previously Ian has also dedicated his time to Friends Of Turriff Cemetery, Turriff And District Community Council and Aberdeen Care Hub (which supports the homeless and those struggling in the city).

Rotarian Andrew Stephen said: "We all agreed that Ian was a very worthy recipient for all that he does."

Commenting on receiving the award, Ian said: "I was just home from the Christmas lights switch on, absolutely freezing and trying to warm up, when I got the phone call to tell me I'd been selected.

"I was shocked, I really couldn't believe that I had been nominated.

"To be honest it was quite emotional.

"I was really emotional when I came off the phone, I just couldn't believe it."


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