British Legion honour for dedicated volunteers

Milngavie British Legion Building'Scott McNee, Mayor Ian Taggart and Karen Oornink. Scott for Standard Bearing, Karen for Auxiliary Hostess, they are from  the Milngavie ACS Detachment - Army Cadet Force'8th May 2013'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Milngavie British Legion Building'Scott McNee, Mayor Ian Taggart and Karen Oornink. Scott for Standard Bearing, Karen for Auxiliary Hostess, they are from the Milngavie ACS Detachment - Army Cadet Force'8th May 2013'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

Two volunteers have been given certificates from Milngavie Branch of the British Legion for dedicated work within the organisation.

Scott McNee (17) is a corporal and Karen Oornik, also 17 , is a lance corporal in the Army Cadet Force attached to E company of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, which is associated with the Royal British Legion Milngavie and Bearsden Branch.

Scott, from Bearsden, was a standard bearer for the Legion and has put in many hours on ceremonial duties over the last year.

Karen, who is from Milngavie, was an auxiliary hostess, who helped out serving teas and coffees to the elderly members of the Legion.

The presentation was made earlier last month in the Milngavie’s Corbie Ha’.

Presenting Scott and Karen with their certificates, branch chairman Ian Taggart said: “They were most excellent in their roles and performed very well. The Bearsden and Milngavie branch of the British Legion would like to thank Scott and Karen for all their hard work and for giving up so much of their free time to help others.

“If if was not for the dedication of volunteers like Scott and Karen the British Legion would be all the poorer for it.”

Sargeant Graham Barrie, who is acting head of the Army Cadet Force Milngavie detachment which meets every Monday at their base in Strathblane Road, Milngavie, added: “Scott has been volunteering as a standard bearer for the British Legion for about 18 months and is one of our most senior standard bearers.

“We were asked by the Legion if we had anyone who would be able to standard bear at the Legion’s Remembrance Day and the first person we thought of was Scott.

“He is one of our most experienced cadets and is very knowledgable and trustworthy. Just the sort of qualities you look for in a standard bears.”

Commenting on the certificate Karen received, Sgt Barrie said: “She has been volunteering for just over a year at the British Legion and is a firm favourite with the members.

“She is quite a quiet girl, but seems to understand what people want and is a very friendly and helpful person.”

“Karen can use her experience of volunteering with the British Legion to gain her Army Cadet community badge or put it towards the her Duke of Edinburgh Award she is currently undertaking.”