A PUPIL from Whitehills Primary School is the inaugural winner of a new Civic Pride Award.
Set up by the community council to encourage young Forfarians to get involved with community issues, it was presented to Sophie-Ann Robson as part of a successful poster competition run by the school.
The special award was made by community council chairman Mrs Isobel Ross, who now hopes more youngsters will come forward to do their bit for their town.
Mrs Ross was accompanied by community councillors Mike Lawson and Lorna Mitchell, as well as fellow community councillor Marion Fenwick who, along with Angus Councillor Lynne Devine and myself, had judged a poster competition to highlight the issue of dogs’ mess in the town.
Receiving first prize was Emma Gourlay, in second place was Anna Forsyth third was Lila Thomson.
They each received gift tokens kindly donated by the Asda Forfar store, where the posters will soon be displayed.
A further token and the Civic Pride Award was presented to Sophie-Ann, who initially highlighted the scale of the dogs’ mess problem by writing to the “Dispatch and Herald”. She then addressed Forfar Community Council about the state of the town’s pavements and instigated the poster competition.
The awards were made at morning assembly in front of the entire school.
Speaking after the event, Mrs Ross said: “I think the whole thing has been done absolutely brilliantly. I am really glad that Sophie-Ann has had the support from the school, her mum and the community council and am really pleased this has taken off for her. It was a very big undertaking.
“We presented the Royal Burgh of Forfar Community Council Civic Pride Award to Sophie-Ann and would encourage others to take the initiative, like Sophie-Ann did, and follow her lead.
“We would hope to present a civic pride award on an annual basis for primary school children.”
Mrs Ross has personally written to all the pupils at Whitehills who took part in the competition.
She continued; “The standard was fantastic and made the judges’ job quite difficult; the pupils had put so much effort into their designs.
“The top three posters will be on display in Asda in Forfar. We will set up a working party which will display the other posters on lamp-posts throughout the town.
“This project was one which the community council felt worthy of supporting. Hopefully the message will get through to dog owners to pick up after their pets. We hope that, through the civic pride award, we can get the message through to children too as they are the citizens of tomorrow. Ten years down the line some of them might stay here and make Forfar their home. We want to make Forfar a good place for them.”