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Ninety more letters of commendation issued in Moray and surrounding area

By Jonathan Clark

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A SECOND tranche of commendations from the Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Mr Andrew Simpson, and the Lord Lieutenant of Moray, Major General Seymour Monro, have been awarded.

More than 90 letters of commendation were issued in October to various organisations and individuals, expressing thanks for everyone’s extraordinary contributions to their communities during the pandemic.

This second round sees a further 90 worthy local recipients acknowledged.

Recipients range from emergency services to organisations supporting businesses and jobs; from education staff to supermarkets and shops; and to all the very many individuals who have gone above and beyond for others to support them through the crisis.

Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire Andrew Simpson said: “It has been humbling to read the nomination citations.

"So many people have looked after others in their communities, and have helped by keeping their businesses going to provide food and other items for people.

“I particularly want to thank all the teachers and support staff who have done their best to encourage their pupils through home-schooling and now back in the classroom. It has been a most testing time unlike anything we have experienced before.

“Others gave outstanding support during the recent gas incidents in Keith and the surrounding area.”

Lord Lieutenant of Moray Seymour Monro added: “I’m grateful to those who had raised funds so that essential food, clothing and finance were available to support those in special need.

"Andrew and I – as members of the Lieutenancies’ Moray Emergency Relief Fund team – are proud of the generosity of the people and businesses in Moray.

“I would also like to thank everyone involved in the delivery of the vaccines: the doctors, nurses, administrative staff, members of the Armed Forces and the many volunteer stewards.”

Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire Andrew Simpson (l) and Lord Lieutant of Moray Seymour Monro present a letter of commendation to Craig Robertson (r) of Business Gateway.
Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire Andrew Simpson (l) and Lord Lieutant of Moray Seymour Monro present a letter of commendation to Craig Robertson (r) of Business Gateway.

Craig Robertson, receiving the certificate on behalf of Business Gateway, said: “This last year has been a rollercoaster for businesses, and we have been on that journey with them.

"They’ve shown a huge amount of resilience and we are proud to have played a role in supporting them.”

Both Lord–Lieutenants agreed that the ongoing nature of the pandemic would mean that there would be another tranche of letters in the middle of the year.

Recipients are listed below and are available to view on Moray and Banff’s respective Lieutenancy websites.

Letters of Commendation awarded to: David Barrie Wallace MBE; Claire Herbert; Margaret Cormack; Fochabers Community Sing Virtual Choir; Kaye MacLeod (Asda Elgin Community Champion); Lossiemouth Community Development Trust; Moray Firth Credit Union; Iain Rennie; Lossie Restaurant; Janice Flett; Louise Kelman; The Captain's Table; Elgin City Football Club; Findhorn Bay Arts; William Robertson CBE DL; Forres Mechanics Football Club; Kathleen Robertson; 1st Forres Scout Group; Fiona Thomson; Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation ; Flying Mirrors Photography and Video; Claire Doughty Publicity; Team of Volunteers at Dr Gray's Hospital; Elgin Rotary Club; Forres Rotary Club; Positive Action Group; Sarah Hunt Pilates; McKenzies Newsagents; Alan and Janet Grant; Asda, Elgin; Lidl, Elgin; Tesco, Elgin; Aldi, Elgin; Marks and Spencer Simply Food, Elgin; Tesco, Forres; Robert and Mhorag Martin; James Baird and Janice Dougan; Speyside Community Council; Findochty Keystore; Lidl, Buckie; Co-op, Buckie; Buckie and District Community Council; Tesco, Buckie; Spar, Keith; Clarks Pharmacy; Keith Rotary Club; The Gather'n Café; CU There Taxis; Co-op, Aberlour; Gordon and June Whiteford; Kirsty Mitchell; Regency Garage; Moravian Motors; Dufftown and District Branch of the Royal British Legion; Co-op, Dufftown; June Donald; Karen and Grahame Colliver; Sonya Sinclair; Aberlour and District Rotary Club; Allan Cowie; Mark Hancox and Andy Daggart; William Grant & Sons - Glenfiddich Distillery; Geraldine McKillop; Bruce and Isobel Ross; Blair Moir; Bairds Pharmacy; Linda Gorn, Agnes Peters, Nora McPherson and Linda Gillies - Keith Kilt and Textile Centre; ; Discretionary Awards Team, Moray Council; Education Technologists Team; Youth Point Moray; Circles Advocacy Service; Moray Citizens Advice Bureau; Scottish Ambulance Service; Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; Maritime & Coastguard Agency; Quarriers; Lt Col Grenville Johnston CVO OBE TD CA; Kelly McLaren; Scottish Gas; SACRO; Moray Council Catering Team; Yvonne and Callum Squair; Moray Council Criminal Justice Team; Derek Ramsay; Emi Andrews; Aonghus Archibald; Moray Council's Head of Education and Quality Improvement Managers ; Business Gateway Moray; Red Cross Society; 3rd Battalion The Rifles; Moray School Staff.

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