Lichtie Dave’s heritage work recognised

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A former Arbroath man has been recognised for his involvement in community heritage projects in Aberdeenshire.

Dave Ramsay, who now lives in Catterline, was presented with ‘The Best of Kincardine and Mearns Award’ at the Inspiring Aberdeenshire Awards ceremony held on Thursday evening in Haddo House.

It recognises Dave’s involvement in a wide variety of community heritage projects in Kincardineshire and Angus.

He said: “I would like to thank Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar Community Council for nominating me for ‘The Best of Kincardine and Mearns Award’ as part of the Inspiring Aberdeenshire Awards 2015. While it is nice to personally receive such an award, the heritage projects and their legacies would not have been possible without the excellent support from school pupils, teachers, parents, community volunteers and the goodwill of the local business community.

“This Award is about recognising that all these people have played their part in the true spirit of community involvement, and demonstrated a real sense of civic pride in the rich heritage of Angus and Kincardineshire.”

He was instrumental in organising an Historic Scotland plaque for Montrose sculptor Adam Christie, who spent 50 years in Sunnyside Hospital.

Dave said: “There is one last part to play in the Adam Christie story. I am looking for a stone sculptor to complete a memorial for Adam, and would be keen to hear from anyone one in the local area who could assist with this.”

Dave is active in the Arbroath community, a devoted Lichtie, Guildry member and regularly gives talks on Robert Burns and local heritage. He will be the guest speaker at the November meeting of the Arbroath Antiquary and History Club.