Brian praised for his volunteering

Outgoing Citizen of the Pear Donald McIntosh presents Brian Christie with the 2015/16 honour
Outgoing Citizen of the Pear Donald McIntosh presents Brian Christie with the 2015/16 honour

After more than 35 years serving the local community, Brian Christie has been honoured by being named Penicuik Citizen of the Year.

Brian (66)received his commemorative certificate from the 2014/15 Citizen Donald McIntosh at a ceremony last week.

A resident of Greenlaw Mains, Brian is a local youth football coach and officer with the 48th Edinburgh (Penicuik North Kirk) Boys’ Brigade.

On being named Citizen of the Year, Brian said: “It is really quite an honour. It was totally unexpected. I didn’t expect it all.”

Brian’s volunteering started 36 years ago with the local Boys’ Brigade working with the company section every Friday.

Almost 35 years ago his involvement in youth football started as a youth leader at the Glencorse Centre, Auchendinny. The group became Glencorse Football Club and merged to become Penicuik Thistle.

A move into Penicuik saw the team being named Beeslack Thistle. It eventually amalgamated with Eskmills to be part of Penicuik Athletic.

Brian, a television repair engineer, coaches the Early Touches section for five to six year olds.

“I retired from the shop (Carnethy Electrical) at the end of March and I have been volunteering at the Risk Factory at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange,” added Brian, who is married to Jean.

The grandfather said he enjoyed volunteering with young people as he liked to see them progress . “I like to see them getting on in life,” added the 2012 Olympic torch bearer.

At the ceremony 0utgoing Citizen of the Year Donald McIntosh gave a recap of his year, which included Penicuik Street Fair and the switch on of the Christmas lights.

In May he attended the Penicuik Hunter and Lass installation ceremony and Beeslack Community High School’s S6 leavers ceremony. On Saturday he will attend Loanhead Gala’s crowing ceremony.

Also present were former Citizens of the Year Mary Stalker, Jan Naylor, Burns Scott, David Buchan, Molly Kerr, David McGinley, Angela Sibely and Iain Hutchison