Mr Bonnyrigg receives community award

Cam Scott  of Bonnyrigg with an award (left) from Bonnyrigg Community Council for his  service to the area as councillor and magistrate. The award on the right was awarded in 1975 for services up to that time.
Cam Scott of Bonnyrigg with an award (left) from Bonnyrigg Community Council for his service to the area as councillor and magistrate. The award on the right was awarded in 1975 for services up to that time.

A Bonnyrigg man has been awarded for serving his community for nearly half a century as a councillor, magistrate and community councillor.

Cameron ‘Cam’ Scott (83) was presented with an award by Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Community Council at its recent meeting. Marnie Crawford, acting chairperson of the community council, thanked him for his service while presenting him his quaich.

Cam has served the town since 1968, firstly as a burgh councillor and latterly community councillor as well as a Justice of the Peace.

He said: “I feel superb, completely and utterly surprised, I never thought for that any one would think about such a lovely gesture.”

Cam was a local councillor until the burgh councils were merged into a district council in 1975, the move to paid day time work not suiting him.

However, Cam then went on to play a major role in setting up the first community councils in Midlothian and was the first chairman for Bonnyrigg and Lasswade. “With my experience of being a councillor we went all over the district explaining to people and then got community councils running,” he added.

Cam was also a magistrate from 1970 until he retired aged 70 in 2004. He is now retiring from the community council, completing nearly 50 years of voluntary service to his hometown. He said: “It just all came together and I have enjoyed it. I wouldn’t change it, I have had a fantastic life and fantastic career, making stacks of great friends along the way.

“I have taken retirement from the community council, I just woke up one morning and though it was time to go.”

In his civilian life he worked in the motor trade from 1963 until he retired in 1999. He has worked at Tesco Hardengreen since then, a job he said he “will never pack in”.