A local man who has dedicated nearly 40 years to the Guide Dogs for the Blind has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award.
Lamont Forbes from Friockheim was named as the winner of the accolade in the Guide Dogs annual awards 2013.
He was shortlisted for the award because of his dedication and commitment to Guide Dogs’ life-changing services since 1975.
Since then his roles have included volunteer liaison officer, Guide Dogs speaker and branch chairman and in 1999 he was awarded an MBE for services to Guide Dogs.
These days Lamont is likely to be found hosting tours at Guide Dogs Forfar training school, where staff say they simply couldn’t do without him.
He was unfortunately unable to attend the glittering award ceremony in London to collect his award last week, but guests did watch a short video about Lamont and his story.
And Lamont said: “I am obviously very pleased to have been announced the winner.
“It was something I had never expected, or indeed looked for, as my volunteering roles have been such a joy and privilege to carry out.
“I feel sorry for the other finalists in my category, as I’m sure they too are dedicated volunteers for Guide Dogs.”
Meanwhile manager of the Guide Dogs school in Forfar, Logan Anderson was delighted for Lamont as were the other staff and he believed there was no better person for the honour.
Logan added: “Lamont is an exceptional ambassador for Guide Dogs Scotland
“You can’t put a price on his contribution over the years, which has remained absolute and steadfast.
“His contribution in helping Guide Dogs change the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted is exceptional, and we’re all delighted that his commitment has been recognised with this award.”
For more about Guide Dogs Scotland and what they do, visit the website www.guidedogsscotland.org.uk