Joe Wishart named Montrose Citizen of the Year

Joe Wishart (right) with outgoing rotary president Tony Rance (left) handing over the trophy

Joe Wishart (right) with outgoing rotary president Tony Rance (left) handing over the trophy

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Well-known Montrosian Joe Wishart has been awarded the accolade of the town’s Citizen of the Year for 2016.

The award is hosted by Montrose Rotary Club and the public nominates locals for the honour.

Joe said: “I am honoured and humbled by the award and will spend the next year extolling the virtues of Montrose and the work of the rotary club.”

In the 20 years since he returned to his hometown, Joe has become one of the best-known and most recognised of its citizens as a result of his charity work and active interest in the life of the community.

He was postmaster for many years at Hillside sub-post office and his cheery, positive outlook helped make it the hub of the village. When he left the post office he became president and mine-host at the Scottish National Trust’s ‘mud house’ at Logie where his hospitality ensured a steady stream of visitors to this historic building.

He was a community councillor, is a member of the Montrose branch of the RNLI, the local Operatic Society and a colourful host for MoFest.

Outgoing president Tony Rance, who has been succeeded by retired teacher, Lisa Stevenson, presented Joe with his award.

The £200 charity cheque that goes with the award will be donated by Joe to day care centre The Adam Centre.