A man who has championed the people of Fife for the last 30 years has been appointed a Scottish trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
Bob Young’s appointment has been widely welcomed.
Nicky Wilson, fellow Scottish trustee and vice-chairman of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, paid tribute to Bob’s commitment to former mining areas and the people who live in them.
Nicky said: “I am delighted Bob is coming on board as a Scottish trustee; I know he will be a big asset.
“I have known Bob for many years and have great respect for the work he has done championing the people of Fife and its coalfield communities.
“He is steeped in mining culture and his role as senior vice-president of the Industrial Communities Alliance gives him a good perspective on the national situation.”
Bob, who attended his first Scottish committee meeting last week, said: “It’s a real honour for me to be appointed as a trustee of the CRT. I know first-hand how much the organisation has done to support former miners and their families over the years.
“I can think of a dozen places that would not be there without the support of the CRT and that situation is mirrored throughout coalfield areas.
“Securing its own funding base is a big issue for the CRT but I am certain that people would think it was worth every penny if they fully understood what a huge difference the organisation makes.
“I am really looking forward to playing my part in that.”
Bob, a former miner who was sacked at the end of the miners strike, has represented Dunfermline on Fife Council since he was elected in 1986.
He replaces Tom McAughtrie who has moved to England but will still serve on the CRT’s trustees board.