Heritage secretary honoured

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A LIFETIME achievement award has been presented to the secretary of Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Gropl.

Mary Haggarty, who is also secretary of the local Community Council, was presented with the Hannah Stirling National Park Award by the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.

Mary received the award in recognition of her hard work, commitment and outstanding service over 58 years in a variety of voluntary youth, community and heritage roles in the Arrochar and Tarbet area.

There are very few aspects of community life and projects Mary has not been involved in through her activities as a youth club leader, secretary of the community council, chair of the local heritage group, a member of the community campus group and many other groups trying to improve local facilities and services for residents and visitors.

Mary said: “I was delighted to receive this prestigious award from the Friends and it came as a complete surprise that my efforts on behalf of my local community over many years were recognised in this way.

“Having met with Hannah on the volunteer circuit locally over 50 years ago and many times since I was deeply touched to receive this award in her memory.”

She is pictured (second left) with Willie Nisbet of the national park authority, Friends trustee Joyce Deans and vice-chairman John Urquhart.