Council announces plan to make Rev Ian Miller a Freeman of West Dunbartonshire
Provost Douglas McAllister has announced the Council plans to admit Reverend Ian Miller as a Freeman of West Dunbartonshire.
Rev Miller recently retired after serving as minister at Bonhill
Parish Church for 38 years. The 68-year-old has been a stalwart of
the community and is held in the highest regard by families across
the area after conducting nearly 4,000 weddings, 3,000 baptisms and
more than 5,000 funerals.
Amongst his greatest achievements was helping to galvanise his
congregation and local community to raise £100,000 to carry out
essential repairs to the church building.
He is known throughout West Dunbartonshire for his approachable
and easy-going attitude as well as his legendary sense of
Provost McAllister made the announcement at yesterday's Kirking
of The Council at which Rev Miller came out of retirement to
undertake part of the service at Bonhill Parish Church.
The decision will be formalized at a Council meeting later this
year at which Rev Miller will be presented with a Freeman's Ticket
- a decorative scroll to mark admission to that office. He will
join previous Freeman's such as Sir Jackie Stewart O.B.E., Margaret
McGregor and former Provost, Alistair Macdonald.
Provost McAllister said: "One of the great honours of being
Provost of this Council is to identify and honour those individuals
who have served their local community with distinction by admitting
them as Freemen of West Dunbartonshire.
"There can be few men or women who deserve this accolade more
than Reverend Ian Miller. He has been a giant in the community and
a man touched with a nature that was tailored made for his many
years in the church. So many people have received compassion from
him in their time of need or celebration during their special
moments. Congratulations Ian!"
Councillor Jonathan McColl, Leader of the Opposition, said:
""Having known Ian all of my life, it is great pleasure to be a
member of the Council at this time as we recognise his many years
of service to the community. Ian Millar is a man who is loved by
everyone because he has time for everyone. Whether you know him
personally, from church, for his work in our schools, care homes
and hospitals or the countless local community campaigns he has led
and supported, Ian has touched and enriched the lives of people and
communities from Gartocharn to Clydebank and beyond. I am a better
person for knowing him; a sentiment I'm happy to share with a great
Page last update:
04 October 2012