Irvine receives another award for service to local sport

Irvine Morris with his certificate, along with Provost Vernal and Councillor Gillian Owen.
Irvine Morris with his certificate, along with Provost Vernal and Councillor Gillian Owen.

Ellon United stalwart Irvine Morris has added another honour to his collection for distinguished service to local sport.

Irvine stood down earlier this year after a link of more than a quarter of a century with the Meadows Trust.

He was among 40 North-east volunteers to be included in the Provost’s annual awards at a recent presentation ceremony.

Irvine was nominated for an award by Ellon and District Councillor Gillian Owen.

He dedicated many years to supporting local sport in Ellon, and was a leading light at the Ellon Meadows, where he was honorary secretary of the Meadows Sports Trust. The Trust presented him with a quaich in February in recognition of his service.

But it is for his devoted service to Ellon United that Irvine is perhaps best known, having served on the committee after playing for the club in his early days in the town.

He also finds time to write weekly reports on the club’s games for the Ellon Times, making sure to provide balanced coverage on the matches.

Following a welcome from Provost Hamish Vernal, the volunteers each received a certificate in recognition of their efforts.

The volunteers, many representing wider groups, have been supporting their communities in a wide range of roles.

Among those attending were individuals who had been involved in local groups for several decades, others providing life-saving help in times of emergency, and some who had helped get local initiatives and facilities off the ground.

Provost Vernal said the volunteers provided a vital role in their communities, with their personal touch ensuring that those who might otherwise feel isolated have the opportunity to get involved in community activities.