Pipe up for citizen of the year

Penicuik Citizen 2016 Vic Ramage With previous winners.
Penicuik Citizen 2016 Vic Ramage With previous winners.

Pipe band member and charity campaigner Vic Ramage has been named Penicuik citizen of the year by Penicuik and District Community Council.

The 75-year-old of Deanburn, Penicuik, and a member of Glencorse Pipe Band for 40 years, admitted that he would have already been at most of the events he will attend through his new title.

He said: “It was quite a surprise for me to get this. They said it’s because I have done a lot of work in the community.

“Most of the things I will have to do, I do anyway with the band. I opened the street fair on Saturday. But our band was playing there already. I just had to say a few words then got on the stage to play a little piece with the band.”

A keen sportsman, Vic does what he can to help others.

He said: “I do a lot of charity work. Sponsored cycles, collecting for Mary’s Meals.

“And, my wife Jenny and I have ran the local Stroke club since 2006. She does a lot of work applying for the grants. She is very good at getting funds from people.

“I play bowls, and I’m in the curling club. But my main thing is cycling. I’m part of the Spokes club in Edinburgh.

“I just plod along at 10mph. Nothing to drastic. I’m 75 now so I take it easy.”

Vic’s family has lived in Penicuik since the 18th century. And, apart from nine years in the navy, he has lived in the town all his life.

Vic and Jenny married in 1969. They have three children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Outside the navy Vic was a plumber until retirement in 2006. The trade has remained in the family however, through his son and grandson.