Son of the town given award for citizenship

Ted Brocklebank (right) being presented with the St Andrews Burns Club Award For Citizenship by Club President Harry Smith. The award consists of the AB Paterson Book, The George Cowie Glass and the David Robertson Malt
Ted Brocklebank (right) being presented with the St Andrews Burns Club Award For Citizenship by Club President Harry Smith. The award consists of the AB Paterson Book, The George Cowie Glass and the David Robertson Malt

journalist and politician, Ted Brocklebank, found himself the recipient of this year’s Award for Citizenship prior to the start of St Andrews Burns Club’s annual supper on Friday evening.

A past president of the club and a born and bred St Andrean, his first job was as a message boy for the late and lamented Aikman and Terras grocers.

On leaving Madras College, he joined the D.C. Thomson group whose training spawned the careers of many famous journalists and broadcasters.

A spell in advertising in London followed prior to a move to Glasgow where he joined STV in the PR department.

An opportunity to appear in front of the cameras for Grampian TV meant a move to Aberdeen where he eventually became head of news and current affairs.

He returned to his native town after becoming a freelance producer of films and documentaries.

Ted decided to enter politics in 1998 and was elected to the Scottish Parliament as a list MSP in 2003 before retiring last year.

Making the award, club president Harry Smith said: ‘‘All the time he lived away from St Andrews, he never missed an opportunity to come back to his native town.

‘‘When he moved back he took an active part in organisations such as the Preservation Trust, the Byre Theatre and membership of clubs such as the Burns Club, Madras Rugby (he once represented the North of Scotland against the South), St Andrews United Social and the R&A.

During his time as an MSP he never forgot his roots and continually fought for St Andrews.

He represented his native town above and beyond the call of duty in his eight years in Holyrood - that is why we have given him the Citizenship Award.’’