Search under way for 2016’s citizen of year

Tennis and badminton coach Peter Hardie was Duns Citizen of the Year 2015.
Tennis and badminton coach Peter Hardie was Duns Citizen of the Year 2015.

It’s time once again for Duns’ citizen of the year to be chosen, and nominations are being sought.

The person the Duns Rotary Club competition’s judges believe has contributed most to the local community in the last year will be presented with the award.

They can be from any town or village within the Duns Rotary district, namely Duns itself, Chirnside, Greenlaw, Swinton, Longformacus, Abbey St Bathans, Preston and Gavinton.

Club president Marshall Wilson said: “Duns and district is a vibrant community, with a huge number of people contributing to the quality of life we all share and enjoy.

“It is only right that those people who go the extra mile are recognised publicly.

“The citizen of the year award honours their hard work and commitment.”

The previous winners of the prize are Peter Hardie, Andrew Ainslie, the Rev Donald Gaddes, Neil Redpath and Stewart Renton.

Those in the running must have made a significant impact on the wellbeing of the community.

They may be male or female from any part of the community – voluntary sector, public sector or a private individual who has made a positive impact on the lives of their fellow citizens without thought for personal reward.

Last year’s winner was badminton and tennis coach Peter Hardie, and he was given his award in the town’s Market Square at the conclusion of last year’s Duns Summer Festival.

Nomination forms are available at the Berwickshire News, co-sponsor of the award, and at Nairns Post Office and Romanes’ Chemist, both in Market Square. They can also be emailed to

Forms can be posted there too. Nominations close on Thursday, June 30.