Jimmy is Best of Buchan 2016

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Trawlermen star Jimmy Buchan has been named ‘Best of Buchan’ at the Scottish Week Best of Buchan Awards 2016.

The awards, which have been reintroduced to the Peterhead Scottish Week programme, were held at the town’s Palace Hotel on Saturday night and focused on those who have gone the extra mile in their contribution to the local community.

Graham Barron was a shocked winner of the Special Contribution Award at the Best of Buchan Awards.

Graham Barron was a shocked winner of the Special Contribution Award at the Best of Buchan Awards.

Nine different categories honoured various local individuals and organisations with veteran skipper Jimmy taking the top award. A tireless contributor to the local economy of Peterhead, Jimmy said he was was honoured to be given this award.

He said: “To say I’m delighted is an understatement. I have lived and worked in this part of the world all my life and am incredibly proud to be part of this community.

“To win an award like this means a great deal as the awards are nominated by local people. It was a very proud moment to be considered worthy of such an award and one that I will proudly display and promote in the coming year.”

Another notable winner was former Scottish Week chair, Graham Barron, who was given the Special Contribution Award.

Graham has recently marked 20 years as a member of the Scottish Week Committee and has been a Special Constable for 28 years.

A former chair of Peterhead Community Council and Peterhead Round Table, Graham also leads a number of working groups in regard to his Special Constable service. He is also heavily involved in charity work.

Committee member Karen Day said: “Graham had absolutely no idea that he had won an award - his face was a picture when it slowly dawned on him that he was the recipient.

“He’s a very worthy winner as he does a great deal for the local community and in his role as a Special Constable,” added Karen.

Karen added that the event had proved to be a fantastic night with a host of worthy nominees.

The individual awards were as follows:

Outstanding local of the year - Rev. James McMillan.

Volunteer of the Year - Tam Adams (St. Mary Street Bowling Club).

Teacher of the Year - Doreen Duncan.

Sporting Achievement of the Year - Artur Selivanos.

Young Embassador of the Year - Estelle Maskame.

Group/Organisation Leader of the Year - Mildred Hepburn.

Blue Light Hero of the Year - Maud Fire Crew.

Business of the Year - BonBon.

Musician of the Year - Marc Cully.

Peterhead Scottish Week has been an annual celebration since 1961 and was originally held for local businesses to promote their produce. Like many other ‘gala weeks’ around Scotland, it has become a focal point for the community and an event looked forward to by all.

Jimmy added: “I remember fondly as a young lad in the late 1960s drinking my first strawberry milkshake at Scottish Week. That, and taking part in the sandcastle competition or watching the Bay Swim or raft race, has left me with some great memories of the event which will last a lifetime. I can now add this amazing award to that list.”

For more photos of the event, go to the Peterhead Scottish Week Facebook page.