William is village’s caring award winner

WINCHBURGH man William Taylor is the latest recipient of the John Kennie Award.

The award is presented annually to a village resident who has shown compassion or is the most deserving.

William, of Niddry View, a former government meat inspector, is also the session clerk and organist at the Pardovan, Kingscavil and Winchburgh Parish Churches. He has been the organist at Kingscavil for over 30 years.

He is described as a “well-known” face and pillar of the community. And in recent times it is also said he has acted like a son to a local woman who suffered from health problems.

Mary Miller, of Winchburgh CommunityCouncil, said “You don’t have to ask him to do anything, Billy just does it!”

The Reverend Scott Marshall at Winchburgh Parish Church also agreed that William is always on hand to offer practical assistance to anyone who needs it.

At the award ceremony, Mr Taylor was given the prize from last year’s winner Andrew Pettie. Andrew joked: “William would occasionally get into trouble for things his brother George did when they were younger because of their striking resemblance to each other.”

William (left) is seen here with brother George and sister-in-law Sheila.