Published 11 July 2018
A group of West Dunbartonshire residents rubbed shoulders with royalty at the Queen’s Garden Party last week.
The attendees were nominated to attend the prestigious event after making a difference in their community.
They included Tracy Brittan, who was named Citizen of the Year last year after 15 years of tirelessly volunteering and raising money for CHAS.
Patrick Muir, who won a Provost Civic Award in 2017 for creating impressive wood carvings from tree stumps in Balloch Park, was also in attendance.
Other nominees included Council employees who had previously been praised through the Employee Recognition Awards.
The group was welcomed to Clydebank Town Hall by Depute Provost Karen Conaghan on Wednesday before they travelled through to Edinburgh for the celebration.
Depute Provost Conaghan said: “It was great to see such deserving residents so excited to be part of the Garden Party.
“It’s a small gesture to let these people know how much their hard work and dedication means to the communities around West Dunbartonshire.
“These are the people who make our area what it is and I was delighted to have the opportunity to say thank you to them in person.”
The Queen was introduced to a number of guests during the annual event, held in the grounds of the Palace of Holyrood House.
The garden party was also attended by Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who joined the Queen in meeting guests on the lawn.
West Dunbartonshire Citizen of the Year Tracy Brittan, who took her 90-year-old father Derrick Robinson along with her to the event, said: “It was an absolutely fabulous day, and such an honour to have been invited along.
“We saw the Queen, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex – it is definitely a story to tell the grandchildren.
“It was lovely to be in the company of the Royal family but speaking to the great people who had been invited and hearing why they were there and the good they had done was truly inspiring.
“After winning my award, this was just the icing on the cake.”
Tracy has raised thousands of pounds for CHAS since the charity launched an appeal to build Robin House hospice in Loch Lomond in 2002. She combined her volunteering with working full-time, and being a mum and more recently, a gran.
Patrick Muir, who attended with partner Julie Doyle, added: “We had a fantastic time, it was a beautiful day and the gardens were magnificent.
“We didn’t expect to be so close to the Royal family – Prince Andrew was standing right beside me chatting.
“I was a bit terrified he would talk to me to be honest.
“It’s a day we’ll always remember and I’m glad we got to go.”
The full list of nominees is as follows: