Isle of Whithorn: Scottish Community of the Year 2004
Presenting the winners’ awards at the Calor Scottish Community Awards in Edinburgh on Friday, Prince Charles paid tribute to this year’s top community, the Isle of Whithorn, which has bounced back after two disasters in the last five years.
The prince said: ‘It typifies a story of recovery – of demonstrating how in this case a community could bounce back from the grief of the Solway Harvester tragedy and the nightmare of the foot-and-mouth epidemic, and go on to thrive in the face of almost overwhelming difficulty.’
The little Dumfries & Galloway fishing village also won the Business and Young People categories and was commended in the Older People, Environment and Community Life categories.
The chairman of Whithorn’s community council, Robert Rowley said: ‘We are a very small village, of 300 inhabitants, but we all work together and try and pull together. Even before the Harvester we were working very hard within the village. I would like to think that we have picked ourselves up from that disaster.’
The other winning communities are:
# Thurso Community Council (Environment)
# North Berwick Community Council (Older People)
# Beith & District Community Council (Community Life)
# Kinloss and Findhorn (Community Enhancement through the Internet)
# Two Lochs Radio (Scottish Business in the Community Award)
# Tiree Community Business (Judges’ Award for Endeavour)
Later in the proceedings, Donnie Munro, the former frontman of Gaelic rock icons Runrig, presented certificates to the Highly Commended and Commended Communities in the five main award categories.
Donnie, who admitted to not being a fan of reality TV, summed up the community groups’ efforts with the quip: ‘I’m not a celebrity let’s get stuck in here’. Too right, Donnie!
Source: Rural Community Gateway, www.ruralgateway.org.uk