Penicuik’s William Burns Scott, known affectionately by the community simply as Burns, has been helping people since 1954. Now, in 2014, he’s been selected to carry the Queen’s Baton when it arrives in Midlothian as part of its round-the-world relay on June 16.
It all started in 1946, when Burns served with the Royal Navy, with whom he saw action all around the globe and was stationed on HMS Birmingham, a cruiser that fought in the Korean War in the 50s.
But he didn’t stop there.
He said: “On release from the Navy in 1954 my volunteering instinct apparently took over again. In the following year, I got involved with the Penicuik Gala Committee who were responsible for the traditional town’s Gala celebrations.
“As well as being involved with the Gala Committee in the 50s, I was also a member of the local YMCA/YWCA and was on the management committee.”
And Burns incredible contribution to the community hasn’t gone unnoticed.
In 1988, he was presented with the Charlie Gordon Shield for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Centre’. He received an award from the Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police for ‘Public Spirited and Determined Actions’ in 1990 after he was stabbed by local thieves when he stopped them breaking into a car. In 2006 he was awarded with a crystal paperweight from the Chairman of the British Heart Foundation after 18 years of service with the charity.