Local Hero Phil Seymour said he was delighted to meet Her Majesty The Queen at his “special day” at the Scottish Parliament.
Mr Seymour, who was chair of Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Council, was put forward for the award by Murdo Fraser MSP, to recognise his contribution as chair of the Blairgowrie and Rattray Coronavirus Co-ordination Group.
Every Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) was asked to nominate one of their constituents who have made an extraordinary contribution to the lives of other people living in Scotland locally or nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commenting, Mr Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, said: “I was delighted to welcome Phil to Holyrood for the Local Hero award, and was so pleased that he could meet HM The Queen.
“He is a real local hero who did so much to co-ordinate the community response to Covid, so it was fitting he received this prestigious award at his special day at the Scottish Parliament.”
And Mr Seymour added: “It was a real honour to have the opportunity to attend the opening of the Scottish Parliament. It was excellent to be able to see all the Parliament buildings and the fantastic architecture up close, including the debating chamber.
“To have the opportunity to meet and speak to Her Majesty The Queen was a real privilege. Overall it was a great day all round and much appreciated.”
Mr Seymour joined Mr Fraser at Parliament’s Opening Ceremony at the weekend - an event which saw Her Majesty The Queen formally opening the new session of the Scottish Parliament.