Winchburgh’s special guy!

110612 John kennt award goes to andrew pettie.
110612 John kennt award goes to andrew pettie.
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WINCHBURGH senior citizen Andrew Pettie is the latest recipient of the John Kennie Award.

The annual award by Winchburgh Community Council is made to a local person who has done something special or deserves recognition.

Andrew (81), of Glass Road, is a local historian who has collected a vast amount of historical data and memorabilia on Winchburgh and is always available to give talks to school and local community groups on the history of the village.

Andrew received his award at a ceremony at the village community centre on Monday which was packed to the rafters.

After receiving his award, he said: “I am very humble and proud to receive this award. It’s nice to get a prize for something that I really like doing.”

He left school to become a baker working at Haig’s village bakery for 17 years before taking on a foreman’s role at Hall’s in Broxburn and then latterly working with Motherwell Bridge at Uphall.

Asked on how he became a fount of knowledge on Winchburgh, he said: “I learned my education after I left school.

‘‘And as a youngster I used to go along to the pigeon lofts and sit with the men and listen to their tales of the village.”

Mary Miller, secretary of Winchburgh Community Council said: “Andrew is a very special guy and a worthy winner of the award.

‘‘He has gathered up the history of the village and is always keen to talk to local groups and schoolchildren. He always has a funny story to tell about the old times!”

Andrew, who is married to Margaret, has five children, Yvonne, Aileen and Fiona, Gordon and Derek.