THIS year’s Montrose Citizen of the Year is Fraser McGlynn.
The award is made annually by the Rotary Club of Montrose.
Rotary chairman John Paton said the award was bestowed on Fraser: “ ... for his outstanding work in encouraging young people in particular to develop their skills and increase their confidence mainly through the activities in the ‘Song Shop.’”
He went on to say that many young people have shown great talent and some have progressed to both amateur and professional levels in the fields of drama and music.
For a number of years now, Fraser has contributed to the production of musical theatre and drama in Montrose through his work with The Song Shop.
Although he is involved with people of all ages, much of Fraser’s work is with young people who, as a result of his coaching, have enjoyed considerable success in both amateur and professional theatre productions and at least one former pupil has gone on to follow a career in the theatre.
Boosting the confidence of these young people not only increases their ability to perform in public it also helps them in their daily lives. This will stay with them into adulthood and contribute to their future achievements by shaping their lives in ways which will help them with their social skills and in their chosen careers.
Away from his work with the Song Shop, Fraser is involved in a voluntary capacity in assisting the Old & St Andrew’s Church Sunday School and choir, as well as playing the clavinova at some services.
Fraser, a native of Tarbert, Loch Fyne, told us that the news came out of the blue, and emphasised that he does what he does because he loves it.
He added: “We have a huge team of enthusiasts who happily give up their time, and it’s more like an extended family.”
The presentation will be in May.
Two of the other finalists, Iris Mair and Anne Thomson, were recognised for their sterling work raising funds for charity, while tribute was paid to Bunty Wilson for her contribution to country dancing for many years.
They will receive official Rotary Community Services Certificates later this year.