Freedom call in Kirkintilloch

Kirkintilloch Canal festival 2011'Little Finlay Christie "Meeteing the Pirates" '28th August 2011'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Kirkintilloch Canal festival 2011'Little Finlay Christie "Meeteing the Pirates" '28th August 2011'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

NOMINATIONS are starting to pour in for a prestigious award last presented back in 1966 - and we need YOUR help.

The Herald has teamed up with East Dunbartonshire Council in the search for someone worthy of the Freedom of Kirkintilloch.

The accolade is being awarded by the council as part of the celebrations marking 800 years since Kirkintilloch was made a Barony Burgh.

Residents are being asked to come up with nominations for the award shortlist, with the only criteria being that the person must have been born in, or have given significant service to, the town of Kirkintilloch.

The last person to be given the freedom of the town was Airdrie-born James Thomson in 1966 - who was a long-serving honourary secretary of Kirkintilloch Burgh.

Only five other people have been given the award in the last 100 years - meaning that the latest recipient will join a very exclusive club which includes cabinet minister and 1931 winner Tom Johnston.

The other Freemen were construction magnate Sir James Fletcher in 1950, prominent solicitor Alexander Thorburn in 1952, local government stalwart Thomas Gibson in 1955 and former provost James Rutherford in 1955.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “I am delighted to be able to invite the people of Kirkintilloch to nominate someone they know or someone who they are aware of who has made a significant contribution to the town.

“I know there are many people who work tirelessly for the town to make it a safer and better place to live in, which will make the decision difficult.

“Following in the footsteps of previous recipients is always a difficult concept, but I am confident that we will find the right person with your help.”

The closing date for nominations is September 23, 2011.

Send your nomination to: Freedom of the Town, Kirkintilloch Herald Offices, 11 Dalrymple Court, Kirkintilloch G66 3AA. You can also e-mail kirkyherald@jnscotland.co.uk

The judging panel will be made up of Kirkintilloch councillors and Herald Editor Jim Holland.