Harris Fellowship for St Andrews rotarian

WELL-KNOWN local figure Brian Gray, a long-time member of the St Andrews Kilrymont Rotary Club, has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship - one of the movement’s highest honours.

Named after one of the founders of the Rotary organisation, the award is made to members in recognition of exceptional service and he was presented with the medal, pin and certificate by club president Ranald Barrie.

A member of the club since the autumn of 1997, he is a former president and has also taken a leading role for the past decade in the organisation and administration of its annual charity golfing tournament, which involves club members from throughout the United Kingdom.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, past president Grace Morris said: ”For the last nine years, Brian has been leading the organising committee, developing, honing and refining it into the event that it is.

‘‘It takes many months with many different people to be contacted, prizes to be found, negotiations with Kingsbarns, teams to be put together, sponsors to be found etc.

“As well as all this, Brian is fully involved in all other aspects of the life of the club.”

A former Round Table chairman, Mr Gray supports the Rotary’s ambassadorial scholars and encourages youth activities of all kinds.

He is an elder at St Leonard’s Parish Church, St Andrews, and is instrumental in transporting disabled members to and from the church in the minibus owned by the Cosmos Community Centre.

A keen golfer, he is a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews, and the New Golf Club of St Andrews.

Married to Muriel, the couple have a son and daughter and five grandchildren.