‘True gent’ honoured for sterling service to society

Andrew Smart (left) receiving a trophy from Councillor Stuart Borrowman.
Andrew Smart (left) receiving a trophy from Councillor Stuart Borrowman.
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A “true gentleman and community stalwart” has been given an award in recognition for his contribution to society.

Andrew Smart, of Armadale in West Lothian, has been presented with the Provost Ferrier Cup for Citizenship by members of his home town’s community council.

The trophy is named in memory of William Ferrier, a former provost of Armadale who died in 2009, and comes with an award developed by his daughter, Muriel, to honour those who make a contribution to the town.

Mr Ferrier was provost of Armadale during two spells in 1955-58 and again in 1971-78.

Mr Smart was chosen to receive this year’s award for his long-standing commitment to the community council and involvement in public consultation over some of the town’s most important developments.

Born in West Craigs, he studied at Blackridge Primary School and then Airdrie Academy.

He completed his national service before going on to work in the building industry and eventually became a senior official at West Lothian Council.

Councillor Stuart Borrowman, who has known him for 30 years and presented him with the trophy, said Mr Smart was dedicated to the community he served.

“Andrew is originally from Blackridge, but he’s lived in Armadale since he was married over 50 years ago.

“Especially when he retired from his work in West Lothian Council, he became very involved in a number of organisations and has been a lead player in Armadale Community Council.

“He’s never been a man to push himself forward and was always happy to be the man attending all the meetings.

“He’s a highly intelligent bloke but always a gentleman.

“There have been some major decisions in Armadale in recent years, like supermarket wars and other developments.

“Andrew has had a key role in ensuring the community is involved in the decisions.

“It’s for these reasons that the community council chose him in recognition for all of his services.”

Community council chair John McKee said: “Andrew has been one of our hardest working members, often representing us at outside bodies and taking the lead on consultation with the people of the town.

“His health has meant a recent drop in his workload, but we feel his contribution should be recognised. 

“He played a big part in some of the most important things we’ve done in recent years, especially consultation on crucial development proposals for supermarkets and housing.”

Mr Smart was a keen footballer and played with Whitburn Juniors.

A widower, he has two daughters and two grandsons.