Lord Provost’s garden party honours unsung heroes

Su Millar and Caroline Heywood of Lifecare with Lord Provost Donald Wilson. Picture: Scott Louden

Su Millar and Caroline Heywood of Lifecare with Lord Provost Donald Wilson. Picture: Scott Louden

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SELFLESS volunteers and unsung heroes were honoured at the Lord Provost’s community garden party.

Lifecare Edinburgh and Duddingston Kirk Lunch Club, which support older people, were presented with Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service by Councillor Donald Wilson at yesterday’s celebration.

Lord Provost  Community Garden Pary Lauriston Castle 31/7/15''Mary Moriarty

Lord Provost Community Garden Pary Lauriston Castle 31/7/15''Mary Moriarty

They were joined by Edinburgh British Empire Medal recipients and nominees and winners of the Evening News’ Local Hero Awards in the grounds of Lauriston Castle as a thank you for their contribution to community life.

More than 400 people attended the celebration – sponsored by Virgin Money – with afternoon tea, plus music from choirs and pipe bands.

The Lord Provost’s party is a biannual event, first held in 2013 with young harpist Anna McLuckie, who received recognition on BBC1’s The Voice.

Cllr Wilson said: “I want this celebration to recognise and reward those who make a positive contribution to our great city – particularly the unsung heroes who give up their time tirelessly for others and for the good of their local community.”

Hearts owner Anne Budge. Picture: Scott Louden

Hearts owner Anne Budge. Picture: Scott Louden

Among those invited were judo stars Euan Burton and Chris Sherrington and prolific fundraisers Gordon Aikman and Lynne McNicoll. Members of Jamie Skinner’s family were also invited as well as Walter and Ishbel Barr, grandparents of late teenager Jak Trueman.

Walter, 67, said being invited was a “huge honour”, adding: “Allison [Jak’s mother] felt she would like us to represent her at the garden party. It has been quite a hard weekend for her with it being six months since Jak’s death and we were 
privileged to be able to go.”

john.connell@edinburghnews.com