The best in Formartine!

Peter Scarlett receives his award from Ellon and District Councillor Isobel Davidson
Peter Scarlett receives his award from Ellon and District Councillor Isobel Davidson

An Ellon man who runs a project for adults with learning difficulties has won a leading community award.

Peter Scarlett has been named Best of Formartine in Inspiring Aberdeenshire 2017.

Mr Scarlett, 66, has looked after the Benchmark Project, using his skills as a joiner to teach others how to make quality garden furniture.

He was among individuals and groups from throughout the region who attended an awards ceremony held at Haddo House on Friday.

It is organised annually by Aberdeenshire Council to celebrate the work of people in the area who support their communities.

Mr Scarlett, a day centre officer with the council, has run Benchmark since it was established 10 years ago.

It is a work project for adults with learning disabilities linked with Ellon Resource Centre. Mr Scarlett’s dedication to the job is credited with allowing the initiative to go from strength to strength.

He said: “It was a bit of shock to get the award and I never thought anything would come of my nomination.

“This award is down to everyone connected with the Benchmark Project.”

Mr Scarlett retires in August and admits he will greatly miss his work.

He added: “It will be a huge chunk of my life gone.”

The awards ceremony was held in the Canadian Hall at Haddo House with guests being piped in by the