Cupar chooses Citizens of the Year

TWO men who spearheaded the ambitious project to establish a heritage centre in Cupar have been named as joint recipients of this year’s Citizen of the Year award.

Guthrie Hutton and Ian Copland, chairman and treasurer of Cupar Heritage, have been praised for their ‘persistence and tenacity’ during the five years it took to see their dream realised.

What was once a stationmaster’s house at Cupar Railway Station has been transformed into a heritage centre that even before its official opening has proved so popular that it saw the highest number of visitors in Fife during Open Doors Day in September.

Guthrie, of Eden Park, and Ian, of Kilmaron Crescent, have overseen the project from the initial approach to First ScotRail through to the funding submissions, feasibility studies, planning applications and building work.

At the Open Doors Day event, their efforts were rewarded with almost 300 visitors who turned up to see the displays of local artefacts and memorabilia.

Both men are well-known in the town, Guthrie primarily as a historian and Ian as a retired librarian; past president - and now archivist - of Cupar Rotary Club and a volunteer with Continuing Care, which provides transport for the elderly.

A respected historical writer, Guthrie has recently published a book on the Howe of Fife and is finalising a book about Cupar’s Adamson Hospital to coincide with the current major redevelopment.

The pair will be presented with their awards at the forthcoming meeting of Cupar Community Council, but in the meantime will carry out their first official engagement on Thursday, November 24, when they switch on Cupar’s Christmas lights.

The winner of the Young Citizen of the Year award will be announced next week.