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Jillian honoured for project success

Jillian Low is presented with her award by club president Ian Lamb. Looking on are, from left - secretary Angus Cruickshank, Jillians husband Dougie, president elect Iain Grimmond and Harry Simpson depute convenor community service committee.

Jillian Low is presented with her award by club president Ian Lamb. Looking on are, from left - secretary Angus Cruickshank, Jillians husband Dougie, president elect Iain Grimmond and Harry Simpson depute convenor community service committee.

The Arbroath lady who helped the town’s skatepark project go from dream to almost reality has been named citizen of the year.

Jillian Low was given the honour on Thursday when she received the rosebowl, which is presented by both Arbroath Rotary Club and the Arbroath Herald.

The married mother of two has been chair of the skatepark project since the committee was formed four years ago.

And she has worked tirelessly since then raising the cash needed so the project could go out to tender earlier this year.

But Jillian’s community efforts don’t stop there and over the past two years she has organised two zumbathons, which have raised over £11,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

And on Thursday Jillian was invited to the meeting of Arbroath Rotary Club in the Meadowbank Inn, to receive her award.

President of the club Ian Lamb said: “This year’s winner, Jillian Low, has come through an exceptional standard of nominees. The award, of course, is principally for her untiring work in leading the project to bring a skatepark to the West Links.

“It’s probably an understatement to say that over the last few years, it’s taken up a great deal of Jillian’s spare time.

“However, through sheer determination, and a lot of help from a lot of people, Jillian’s efforts have been successful.

And Arbroath Herald editor Brian Stormont added: “The fund-raising for the skatepark appeal was a monumental task.

“But even more so when a £20,000 plus shortfall was revealed at the end of last year, with only weeks left to collect.

“Jillian galvanised the entire town behind the project and to achieve the goal was nothing short of remarkable.”

 

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