Centre’s fond farewell to Rob

Rob Scott retiring after 20 years
Rob Scott retiring after 20 years

A stalwart of the Buckhaven community has stepped down from his post as chairman at Buckhaven Community Centre after 20 years.

Rob Scott has been a part of the committee for 28 years in total and reflected on his time there fondly: “It was a journey and one that had ups and downs.

“When I came in, we knew we had to improve the centre because it was a bit antiquated to a certain degree, so we tried to do it up a bit. It took a long time but we did it.”

A retired Black Watch soldier, part of the regiment for 24 years, Rob was keen to put his skills to good use.

“As an ex-soldier, I’m pretty adaptable, and since I’ve come out, I’ve been fairly involved in society and the locality. I felt that, when I came out of the army, leadership was a skill I had and people looked for leadership. I thought I could help others and, fingers crossed, I have.”

As well as his role at the community centre, Rob was a district councillor for Methil North and Methilhill for eight years and a Justice of the Peace, as well as working at local firm Diageo for 15 years.

When asked what he will miss, his answer is quick: “The involvement in the community. I’ve always said, this is a community centre and should be used for the community – that is what is most important.”

But at 71 years old, Rob – who lives in Methil with wife Florence – isn’t stopping just yet.

He is still heavily involved with the Black Watch as part of its executive committee and welfare committee, as well as upcoming WW1 commemorations and memorials.

“I had so many fingers in so many pies, some of them had to be eaten!” he said of stepping down.

“After 28 years, there are so many people to thank, so I’d like to say a general thanks to all who have supported me.”

Previous vice-chairman Liz Brannan has now taken the helm after working at the centre on a voluntary basis for 34 years.

“It’s daunting, but my heart is in the centre,” she said. “I hope to continue the role as Rob did, as he’s a really great guy who was all for the centre and was very fair with people.

“In future, I’d love to see new groups using the centre, because it’s important to the community.”