Falkirk area medal recipients honoured

Lord Lieutenant, Marjorie McLachlan presents British Empire Medals to Susan Swan and Peter McQuade''Picture: Michael Gillen

Lord Lieutenant, Marjorie McLachlan presents British Empire Medals to Susan Swan and Peter McQuade''Picture: Michael Gillen

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Two senior citizens received British Empire Medals this week to honour their lifetime of service to their communities.

Susan Swan (82) of Haggs and Peter McQuade (78) of Grangemouth received their awards from Lord Lieutenant Marjorie McLachlan at a ceremony in Callendar House on Monday.

The announcement of their medals came in HM The Queen’s New Year Honours.

Susan, has been a volunteer with the St Andrew’s First Aid organisation for more than 40 years and holds the title of deputy commandant.

She has also spent many years helping youngsters achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is a stalwart member of Haggs Parish Church.

Two years ago, she received a long-service award from colleagues in the Wellstood Corps of St Andrew’s First Aid – although she is still an active volunteer.

Originally from Dundee, she moved to Dundas Cottages, Allandale, when she married husband Stewart, who worked at Stein’s brickworks.

Tragically, he died 49 years ago aged only 34. She then moved to Haggs with her children Bruce and Shirley. Sadly, they have both also died.

She was accompanied at the ceremony by granddaughter Shirley-Anne Hobbs, her husband Alan, and great-grandson Stewart.

A talented amateur musician, Peter has been entertaining old folks’ clubs and disabled groups with his accordion playing.

Originally from Camelon, the former insurance and bus company worker now lives in Beauly Court with wife of 55 years Jean.

With the couple at the ceremony were their sons, Gordon and Brian, daughter Dianne Scott, daughter-in-law Lynne and sister-in-law Moira Hamilton.