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Moray Covid Commendations reach out to all walks of life

By Alan Beresford

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BOTH individuals and organisations alike in Moray have been honoured for their tireless work supporting their communities during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Buckie man Ian McCallion proudly shows off his commendation, joined by Seymour Monro (back left) and Andrew Simpson, the Lord-Lieutenants of Moray and Banffshire respectively. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Buckie man Ian McCallion proudly shows off his commendation, joined by Seymour Monro (back left) and Andrew Simpson, the Lord-Lieutenants of Moray and Banffshire respectively. Picture: Becky Saunderson

Almost 100 Covid Commendations have been sent out by the Lord-Lieutenants of Moray and Banffshire in recognition of the varied work done to help support some of those left most vulnerable by the lockdown earlier this year.

It is the first time such Letters of Commendation have been awarded, and the area’s Lieutenancies say they felt compelled to publicly recognise the exceptional efforts made by so many.

Lord-Lieutenant of Banffshire Andrew Simpson said: “We have all been impressed by the way so many groups and individuals have come together to deliver support to their communities, especially to those who have been vulnerable or isolating.

“Public organisations such as the NHS, police and Moray Council have worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Moray throughout.

"We would also like to thank the supermarkets, retailers and pharmacists who have been under great pressure from the start of the lockdown and have given exceptional service."

His colleague Major General Seymour Monro, the Lord Lieutenant for Moray, said it had been humbling for the committee to read the citations, with more awards very likely to follow.

“We will almost certainly be having a second round of these Letters of Commendation in the middle of next year," he continued.

“We would encourage people to contact their local deputy lieutenants or councillors with suggestions.

"I would also like to remind people that they can make nominations for a UK National Honour –details are on the Cabinet Office website and guidance is on our two Lieutenancy websites: www.lordlieutenantmoray.co.uk and www.lordlieutenantbanffshire.co.uk

“On behalf of our communities, we give our sincere congratulations and thanks to all those who are receiving these commendations."

Deputy Lieutenants, councillors and some council officers submitted nominations to a joint Lieutenancy honours subcommittee, chaired by Mr Simpson and Mr Monro.

Receiving Letters of Commendation were: Louise McBride; Councillor Lorna Creswell; Mairi McCallum; Tina Coffey; Pery Zakeri; Cathy Low; Richard and Tracey Cross; Maureen Halkett; Moray Firth Makerspace; David Morgan; St Giles and St Columba's Crisis Group; Tony Broadhurst; Rhona Grant ; St John's Episcopal Church; Forres and District Pipe Band Committee; Marie Jacques; Hopeman Community Association; Burghead Community Association; Jock Gibson; Susanne Campbell; Karen Delaney; Mark Mair; Stephanie Stoddart; Emma and Kevin Gordon; Step by Step in Moray; Bow Community Café; Anderson's Care Home; Tracey McKerron-Gourlay; Forres In Bloom; Meadowlark Care Home ; Lossiemouth Community Council; Fiona Rolt; Elgin Youth Development Group; FACT; Lossiemouth Covid-19 – Befriending and Elderly Support Group; Lossiemouth 2-3 Group; The Oaks Volunteers; Royal Voluntary Service; Elgin Mosque; Rothes Covid Response Group; Aberlour Community Association; The Ballindalloch Shop and Post Office; Buckie Kindness Group; Buckie Community High School – Pupil Support Team; Buckie Thistle Football Club; Mayne's Coaches; Time Restaurant; Buckie Food Bank; Cullen Connected; Cullen and Deskford Community Council; Cullen Bay Hotel; Rockpool Café; Dufftown and District Community Association; Councillor Theresa Coull; Keith Loft Youth Project; Callum Ross; Strathisla Community Council; James Gauld; Keith Covid-19; Volunteer Group; Keith Community Radio; Portgordon Coronavirus Support Group; Portknockie Kindness Group; Tomintoul Village Store and Post Office; Ryan Rodger and Anne Holmes; Keith Premier Convenience Store; Portgordon Community Harbour Group; Craigellachie Village Council; Findochty and District Community Council ; NHS Grampian in Moray; Police Scotland in Moray; tsiMoray; Moray Advice/Income Maximisation Team; Community Support Unit; Children and Families Social Work West Team; Children and Families Social Work East Team; Waste Management Team; Business Awards Team; Education Central Team; Royal Mail, Moray; Moray Food Plus; Moray School Bank; Moray School Hubs; Moray Scrubs; Moray Baby Bank; Moray Wellbeing Hub; Ian McCallion; RAF Lossiemouth – Lossiemouth Re-cycle Project; 39 Engineer Regiment; REAP; IT Central.

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