FOR two Burntisland residents there was a surprise start to the new year, as they were presented with the Burntisland Community Award on Hogmanay.
Bob Main and Olive Grayson, were nominated for the award, which is presented each year by Burntisland Community Council, for their outstanding contribution over many years to the excellent work of Burntisland Amateur Swimming Club.
And for only the third time in history the award has been presented to more than one person.
Olive (71), has been a member of the club’s committee since 1983, while Bob became involved a year later.
Both had children in the club at the time, but despite them growing up and moving on, Olive and Bob have continued to play a part in the club.
Olive said she was “absolutely gobsmacked and completely astonished” to learn she had been chosen to receive the award.
Bob (70), told the Press: “To be perfectly honest I don’t see I’ve done anything exceptional, but I feel this is a great honour for the swimming club to have two of its people recognised.”
Alex MacDonald, chairman of the community council said: “The club has played a pivotal role in the development of Burntisland’s young people, both in terms of physical fitness and competitive ambition.
“With a very active membership and a strong committee, Bob and Olive could easily have stood back once their own children had moved on, but instead they redoubled their commitment in a variety of different roles.”
Over the years, the pair have successfully taken on responsibilites such as coach, timekeeper, gala organiser, fundraiser, and chairman - the role currently held by Bob.
Olive is the club president.
Alex added: “In each of those roles they have made an exemplary contribution to the community spirit and voluntary effort that make local organisations such as the swimming club so successful.”