Community win for volunteer

210312  Mclaren trophy winner willie mcallister.
210312 Mclaren trophy winner willie mcallister.

BO’NESS Fair Day float legend and St Mary’s Church stalwart Willie McAllister said on Wednesday he was ‘quite delighted’ to be the 23rd recipient of the McLaren Trophy for Service to the Community.

Willie, of Dean Road, received the award, named after the late Journal and Gazette reporter and first Bo’ness Community Council secretary John McLaren, at an evening reception organised by the community council.

Earlier the modest mechanic said: “I’m very excited about it, but my first comment was ‘why me?’”

Madelene Hunt, community council convener, and last year’s recipient Bill Bruce, shared with the asssembled guests Willie’s dedication in entering a float, helped by a band of volunteers, annually for over 40 years.

He has also been responsible for servicing and maintaining all the retinue and children’s trailers for the past 10-15 years.

Willie, married to Sandra, is a dad of three and a great-grandfather. He was instrumental in constructing the new St Mary’s Church and is sometimes referred to as ‘the priest’s right-hand man’.