Top accolade for Accordion Band leader

Alan Potters receives his award from Agnes Mullen.
Alan Potters receives his award from Agnes Mullen.

Dedicated arts leaders and performers have been honoured at an annual community celebration.

Falkirk District Arts and Civic Council named its Personality of the Year and Young Personality of the Year as part of the Sports and Arts Awards.

Alan Potters, who formed the Forth Bridges Accordion Band in 2008, picked up the Personality of the Year accolade.

The band’s members all receive free tuition and it is open to anyone interested in learning to play an instrument and be part of a marching band.

Alan, who was recognised for his dedication, fundraising and achievements in music, dedicated his award to all the members of the band.

The Young Personality of the Year award went to 12-year-old Robert Wrigley, a Grangemouth piper who started playing the chanter at the age of nine through a Falkirk Council school music initiative.

He won his first competition, the Under-12 chanter section in the Stirling Mod in 2014.

Agnes Mullen, chairwoman of FDACC, said: “This awards ceremony allows us to recognise the very high standard of talent, the hard work and the amazing dedication of all the individuals and groups.

‘‘It also allows us to show the diversity of activities, both cultural and civic.’’