Blair’s voluntary work honoured at palace

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WHILST Prince Philip took time out from his recent visit to Edinburgh to come over to Methil, one Fifer made the opposite journey across the Forth to return the favour.

West Wemyss man Blair Denwette travelled to Holyrood Palace last Tuesday with son Kevin and daughter Karen (pictured) to collect the MBE he was awarded in the New Year’s Honours List from Her Majesty the Queen.

Mr Denwette was awarded the honour for his voluntary service to the community.

Speaking about his day, he said: “It was fantastic.

“It was great it was in Scotland – in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat. That was important to me.

“Having my daughter and son with me was special, without their support I couldn’t have done what I’ve done. A lot of their experiences have been limited because of it so it is recognition for them too.”

Admitting he is by no means a Royalist, and of being apprehensive at first on how he felt about being honoured, Mr Denwette added that he now takes pride in the award as he sees it as recognition for everyone he has worked with.

Having being employed by Dundee City Council for over 25 years, until he retired in 2007, Mr Denwette worked mainly in the field of adult literacies, where he helped hundreds of individuals express themselves freely.

Many of whom had been branded as illiterate simply because they didn’t fit in to society or conform to conventional standards in reading and writing.

“My main aim is to get people to help themselves,” Mr Denwette continued.

“When people ask why I got the award I can tell people their story and give them the recognition for how they have changed society.”

More recently Mr Denwette has been an important committee member of his home town group, the West Wemyss Development Trust.