Honour ‘a total surprise’ for Inverness community campaigner
DECADES of dedicated service by a community campaigner have been recognised with the presentation of Inverness’s highest honour.
Anne McCreadie was presented with the City of Inverness Medal by Provost Helen Carmichael in recognition of her work in the city’s Merkinch area, including being involved as a volunteer with the local community centre since before it was built.
The 80-year-old, who lives in Thornbush Road, said she was surprised when she heard she was to receive the award.
She said: “I wasn’t aware there was an Inverness medal – it was a total surprise. It was nice because I’ve never had a medal.”
Mrs McCreadie said she first got involved with the community centre in 1974, when she joined the steering committee looking to bring it into being before it officially opened in 1977.
“I was invited to go to one of the meetings and I’ve been here ever since,” she said.
“I’ve just grown into what I am doing now, the responsibility has grown as staff have been taken away.”
Mrs McCreadie has also been a member of Merkinch Community Council since 1977 and campaigned to save the local primary school from closure in 1983.
She plans to keep helping out at the centre, adding: “What would I be doing otherwise? I like the people who are involved here.”
As well as Mrs McCreadie there were two other recipients of a medal including Pat Hayden who is standing down as chairwoman of Crown and City Centre Community Council.