Volunteer Brian Christie is Citizen of the Year

Brian Christie says the award is an unexpected honour. Picture: Contributed
Brian Christie says the award is an unexpected honour. Picture: Contributed
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BRIAN Christie has been honoured by being named Penicuik Citizen of the Year.

After more than 35 years serving the local community, Brian Christie has been named Penicuik Citizen of the Year.

The 66-year-old received his commemorative certificate from the 2014/15 Citizen Donald McIntosh at a recent ceremony.

A resident of Greenlaw Mains, Brian is a local youth football coach and officer with the 48th Edinburgh (Penicuik North Kirk) Boys’ Brigade.

On being named Citizen of the Year, he said: “It is really quite an honour. It was totally unexpected. I didn’t expect it all.”

Brian’s volunteering started 36 years ago with the local Boys’ Brigade, working with the company section every Friday.

Almost 35 years ago his involvement in youth football started as a youth leader at the Glencorse Centre, Auchendinny.

The group became Glencorse Football Club and merged to become Penicuik Thistle.

A move into Penicuik saw the team being named Beeslack Thistle. It eventually amalgamated with Eskmills to be part of Penicuik Athletic.

Brian, a television repair engineer, coaches the Early Touches section for five to six-year-olds.

“I retired from the shop [Carnethy Electrical] at the end of March and I have been volunteering at the Risk Factory at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange,” added Brian.

The grandfather said he enjoyed volunteering with young people as he liked to see them progress.

“I like to see them getting on in life.”

One of Brian’s proudest moment came when he was named an Olympic torch bearer in 2012, carrying the torch through Earlston.

Originally from Fraserburgh, Brian and his family moved south with his father’s work.

They settled in Penicuik and Brian started with Edwards Electrical at the age of 17. When the company folded 10 years ago, Brian and co-worker Gordon Cairns set up Carnethy Electrical .

Married to Jean, he has twin daughters Hazel and Heather, a son Kenneth, a stepson John, stepdaughter Kim and two grandchildren Morgan and Mhairi.

At the ceremony 0utgoing Citizen of the Year Donald McIntosh gave a recap of his year, which included the Penicuik Street Fair and the switch-on of the Christmas lights.

In May he attended the Penicuik Hunter and Lass installation ceremony and Beeslack Community High School’s S6 leavers ceremony. On Saturday, he attended Loanhead Gala’s crowing ceremony.

Also present were former Citizens of the Year Mary Stalker, Jan Naylor, Burns Scott, David Buchan, Molly Kerr, David McGinley, Angela Sibely and Iain Hutchison.