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Hugh Currie, Citizen of the Year

By Democrat reporter

A dedicated volunteer who has spent the last 40 years selflessly giving up his time to help his community has been named as West Dunbartonshire’s Citizen of the Year.

Hugh Currie, from Dumbarton, raised thousands for charities and community groups, as well as lending a hand to the residents who needed it most.

Through his race nights, bingo and other charity events, he went above and beyond to ensure he gave his all for local schools, children’s charities, community groups and football teams.

He even picked up and dropped off members of the community who would otherwise have struggled to attend, giving them the opportunity to be part of the fun.

Unfortunately, due to his own health deteriorating, Hugh was forced to give up his work in the community two years ago.

Locals, who have felt the loss of his presence wanted to acknowledge his tireless work for them and his immense contribution to so many lives and charities, called him “one in a million.”

Hugh was given the honour at the annual Provost Civic Awards at Clydebank Town Hall on Friday evening.

He had earlier been named the 2019 Community/Voluntary Individual champion, following a flood of nominations from members of the community who had been touched by his dedication.

Provost William Hendrie, who hosted the event, said: “The commitment and dedication shown by Hugh is something you don’t see every day. When the judging panel and I read the stories about him in his nominations, we were amazed at how much he had done for his community.

“His tireless work over more than four decades has changed the lives of so many people, and raised thousands for charity. He is an inspiration, and I’m so glad he got the recognition he deserves.”

Winning group from Provost Civic Awards 2019

The awards, run in partnership with the Wheatley Group, also saw Alexandria friends Ava and Alfie named as Arts and Culture Champions after they stole the hearts of the nation with their outstanding performance on singing show The Voice Kids.

The Friends of Dumbarton Foreshore were named Community/Voluntary Team Champion for work to clear litter and debris from the foreshore of Levengrove Park to ensure the area remains a place of natural beauty.

Nine-year-old Emma Rose Robb won Youth Champion after winning multiple medals at the National Dwarf Games despite suffering joint pain and fatigue brought on by condition Achondroplasia and dwarfism

Emma McIntyre, an elite bowler with an impressive array of titles under her belt including both under-25 and Senior international from 2017-2019, was named Sports Champion.

Provost Hendrie added: “This year we received hundreds of nominations from our residents. There were so many worthy and inspirational candidates, and every single one has done something fantastic within our community.

“As always, I’m delighted to have properly recognised these efforts and the hard work undertaken to better West Dunbartonshire. It’s one of the most humbling events in my role as Provost and I want to thank you all for the dedication, time, and commitment you have invested in our local community.”

The winners’ names will be displayed at Clydebank Town Hall, and will all be guests of the Provost at the Queen’s annual garden party at Holyrood in July.

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