LOCAL councillor Sandy West was recognised recently by the Montrose branch of the SNP for his years of service in local government.
Mr West, who is retiring at the forthcoming local council elections, has been active in the party for almost 40 years and has served as a councillor for more than half that time.
The presentation of an engraved tankard and a bottle of House of Commons whisky was made by Angus MP Mike Weir.
He said: “Sandy joined the SNP in 1965 and was an election agent for the old Westminster constituency of North Angus and the Mearns in the General Election of 1970.
“He subsequently held many positions within the party and became the first SNP Tayside Regional councillor from Montrose.
“Sandy has long been the face of the SNP in the town.
“Through the ups and downs of the party since he joined, Sandy has tirelessly worked for the ideal of Scotland’s Independence.
“Although he is now standing down from the council, he will remain active within the party and in particular in the forthcoming referendum campaign, where his legendary leafleting and canvassing expertise will be invaluable in contributing to its success.”
Mr West’s place in the SNP candidate line-up at the forthcoming Angus Council election will be taken by Bill Duff.