Annie Ogilvie named town Citizen of the Year

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GEORGINA (Annie) Ogilvie was named Arbroath’s Citizen of the Year at a ceremony in the Meadowbank on Thursday evening.

She was recognised for her outstanding contribution to the community through her work with the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion Scotland, as national chair of the Women’s Section of the RBL and as a youth bowling coach at the Abbey Bowling Club.

The annual award, now in its 16th year, is presented by the Rotary Club of Arbroath, and sponsored by the Arbroath Herald.

Announcing the winner, Rotary president Mike Sowden said: “We had six nominations for the award and we have an extremely worthy winner in Annie.

“She is national chair of the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion Scotland, and the first ever Arbroathian to hold this prestigious position. In addition, through her role with the Arbroath branch she has been instrumental in helping to raise tens of thousands of pounds for local and national charities. In fact, in the last year, £15,000 has been raised.”

Mr Sowden added that Annie was also standard bearer for the branch and through her efforts as a bowling coach “led by example” and “was only too willing to help anyone in need”.

Editor of the Arbroath Herald Brian Stormont said it was always a pleasure to attend the Citizen of the Year, but having known the recipient personally for over 20 years made it even more special.

“She is well known for her work with the Legion and the money the branch raises for charity, and it is a real honour for her to be the first Arbroathian to hold the position of national chair of the Women’s Section,” he said.

“Bowling is her other passion and her efforts to take the game to young people in the town are to be admired.

“I’m sure you will all agree that, as always, this award is very well deserved and I extend the congratulations from everyone at the Arbroath Herald, proud sponsors of the award, for being named Citizen of the Year. Well done!”

Annie said: “I would like to thank the Rotary Club, the Arbroath Herald and everyone involved for the award.

“I am delighted to be honoured in this special way. It means so much to me, particularly as it is the people of Arbroath who have nominated me.

“As well as recognition for me, this is an honour for all the work that goes on locally by many people which goes on unnoticed, and those in the Royal British Legion.

“I am greatly humbled to be though of in this way.”

Bill Lakie gave a comprehensive vote of thanks.