Bo’ness volunteer’s 20-year stint recognised

Chris McNaught (right) is presented with the Tom McDougall Award by Tracy Hendry.
Chris McNaught (right) is presented with the Tom McDougall Award by Tracy Hendry.

More than two decades of community service in Bo’ness have been recognised this week.

For Chris McNaught was presented with the Tom McDougall Award for her work with community safety and Neighbourhood Watch in and around the town.

The presentation was part of a double celebration as Bo’ness Community Safety Group celebrated the re-opening of its premises in the town’s Boundary Street.

The original cabin was burned down in 2012.

Said the group’s convener, Madelene Hunt on Tuesday: ‘‘I’m delighted to welcome our guests to the opening of our new cabin which replaces the one which was burned down exactly 13 months ago to the day.

Mrs Hunt paid tribute to her ‘‘hardworking committee’’ for their efforts in getting the replacement cabin installed and in working order.

She also paid tribute to member Bill Kelly who had work hard to progress the group’s insurance claim following the fire which destroyed the previous buildking. Mrs Hunt also thanked Stirling Council for providing furnishings from Viewforth at no cost.

Cutting the red ribbon Provost Pat Reid of Falkirk Council said: ‘‘You have risen like a phoenix and I hope you have a longer stay in these premises the the previous one.’’

Speaking of her award, Mrs McNaught said: ‘‘There’s not a lot I can say except this is not an award for one person, as ever, it’s a team effort but I would like to thank the community safety unit for the nomination.’’

Bo’ness Community Safety Group was formed over 20 years ago and has been involved in several initiatives including providing hi-visibility vests for schoolchildren, providing child-proof window locks and has also supplied safety cords for venetian blinds which prevent children becoming entangled.