A FORMER ScotRail employee who was saluted by the north east Fife community when she retired earlier this summer has now been shortlisted for a prestigious UK award.
Marjorie Ward – who was praised by residents, councillors and ScotRail in June – is in the running for the Outstanding Staff Contribution title at this year’s Community Rail Awards.
Marjorie developed the award-winning station garden at Ladybank, which she continues to maintain in her retirement, and previously created eye-catching flowerbeds at Cupar station.
She boosts her floral displays with speciality flowers as well as cuttings from her own home.
John Yellowlees, ScotRail’s external relations manager, said: “Marjorie has been an exceptional employee, who has made a lasting impact on her community.”
Marjorie started at Ladybank station in 1989. Her career included work on ScotRail trains, platform duties at Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh, and spells in booking offices at Cupar and other Fife stations before she returned to Ladybank in 2006.
She has been guardian of Ladybank station’s heritage – maintaining its antique pendulum clock, which dates to 1847, and other items including historic photos and records – and encouraging artists Kirsty Lorenz and Claire Heminsley to create their studios in unused station rooms.
Councillor Donald Lothian said: “What Marjorie brought to her job was real enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to community life.”
Marjorie will find out whether she’s a winner at a ceremony in Swindon on September 28.