One of Montrose’s most iconic attractions has been awarded the UK’s highest possible accolade for a volunteer group – The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
On June 2, the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation, it was announced that Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre (MASHC) was selected in recognition of its outstanding achievements in “telling the story of the people of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force who served at Montrose from 1913-50”.
The annual awards, which began in 2002 as part of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, recognise excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community and are presented for outstanding achievement.
Alan Doe, chairman of MASHC, said: “We are delighted to discover MASHC has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
“Being awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is a fabulous accolade for MASHC – and for every volunteer who has been involved in creating this fascinating commemoration of the part Montrose Air Station played in the history of aviation and, in particular, in both World Wars, when it was one of the main training centres for Britain’s pilots.”
Almost 40 volunteers work together at the centre.
“This award is for every volunteer who is or has been a member of our team
“It is the highest possible, national recognition of our volunteers’ never-ending willingness to devote so much of their time, enthusiasm, ability, knowledge and hard work to helping as many people as possible learn about the men and women who were based at Montrose Air Station and the aircraft that flew from here when the base was operational.
“This award is also a thank you to the people, businesses and organisations of Montrose for their support. Montrose Air Station has been an important part of local life for 101 years and, thanks to our volunteers, our curator Dr Dan Paton and our many local supporters, continues to play a significant part in the story of Montrose,” added Alan.
As a winner of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014, MASHC will be presented with a certificate signed by The Queen and a commemorative crystal by the Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Georgiana Osborne.
“It will be a proud moment for us all when we are able to display The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at Montrose Air Station,” concluded Alan.