Community heroine on both sides of the border

Coldstream Community Council Chairman, Martin Brims presented the Brown - Scott Quaich to Elspeth Bell this years recipient for the citizen of the year.
Coldstream Community Council Chairman, Martin Brims presented the Brown - Scott Quaich to Elspeth Bell this years recipient for the citizen of the year.

INSPIRATIONAL, committed, tireless and tenacious - four words that perfectly describe Coldstream’s citizen of the year, Elspeth Bell.

The late Alistair Brown Scott was very much a community man in Coldstream and he would very much have approved of this year’s choice for the Brown Scott Quaich he gifted to the town to recognise a person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to playing a role in the community.

Elspeth has certainly done that in spades on both sides of Coldstream Bridge - as a mainstay of Cornhill community during the many years she and her family lived there and ran the local shop, and latterly on the Scottish side where again her community work has been second to none.

The annual presentation of the award is made by Coldstream & District Community Council and in doing the honours at a Coldstream Pipe Band concert at the weekend, chairman Martin Brims said: “This isn’t the first award that this year’s Citizen of the Year has received. It was with particular recognition of their activities in both Cornhill and Coldstream that a very high honour indeed was bestowed upon them, and that was becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire. I hope our smaller honour will be equally appreciated - it is certainly very well deserved.

A very surprised Elspeth replied: “It doesn’t happen very often but I’m absolutely lost for words! Being presented with this means as much to me as the MBE.”