Switched-on Citizens of the Year take centre stage role

Joint Citizen of the Year Stuart Bett,  Junior Citizen of the Year Rebecca Telford and Joint Citizen of the Year Dave Carstairs. (Photo by Dave Scott)
Joint Citizen of the Year Stuart Bett, Junior Citizen of the Year Rebecca Telford and Joint Citizen of the Year Dave Carstairs. (Photo by Dave Scott)

Cupar’s latest Citizens of the Year are Dave Carstairs and Stewart Bett, who have been active in the town over several decades, serving on the community council and many other organisations.

The good friends had the honour of switching on the town’s Christmas lights on Saturday, assisted by Junior Citizen of the Year, Rebecca Telfer, who is heavily involved with the 3rd Cupar Brownies.

They were introduced by Canon Pat McInally, chairman of Cupar Community, which organises the annual awards.

It was particularly fitting that Dave Carstairs received the award, as he actually instigated it 20 years ago.

The former community council chairman was a member of St Monans Town Council before moving to Cupar in the 1960s.

A retried engineer with the South of Scotland Electricity Board, Dave has been a leading figure in recent years in the restoration of Cupar War Memorial.

Dave said: “I was very surprised and humbled to receive this accolade.”

Stuart, born and raised in Cupar, joined the family plumber’s business and continued there until his retiral.

He also served as a regular in the Black Watch, in which he was a sergeant before becoming a sergeant major in the Territorial Army.

Stuart said: “I only came back from a holiday in Gibraltar on Saturday – and when Dave collected me from the station, he told me I would be switching on the Christmas lights! I was very surprised and honoured as a Cuparian to receive this.”

Both Stuart and Dave are members of the Cupar branch of the Royal British Legion, are both former chieftains of Cupar Highland Games and both served on the Cupar Town Centre Working Group.

Fifteen-year-old Rebecca is a young leader with the Brownies, helping with the planning of the programmes and running activities.

She is seen as a role model for the girls, who comment that they “want to be just like her.”

She turns up to everything that Girl Guiding is involved within Cupar, from weekly meetings to Remembrance and fund-raising events.

She also volunteers every Saturday at a local cat shelter.