Anne Littleson named Rotary’s Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year, Anne Littleson, right, with Rotary Club of Campbeltown president Andrew Ronald.
Citizen of the Year, Anne Littleson, right, with Rotary Club of Campbeltown president Andrew Ronald.

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It was an all female line-up when the winners of the Rotary Club of Campbeltown’s annual Citizen of the Year, Young Musician of the Year and Young Stockperson of the Year awards were announced.

Retired head teacher Anne Littleson received the illustrious Citizen of the Year award, while the Young Musician of the Year was named as Erin McLellan, and Kathryn Semple picked up the Young Stockperson of the Year prize at the Rotary’s awards ceremony at the Argyll Arms Hotel, Campbeltown, on Thursday February 20.

Anne Littleson, from Glenbarr, was head teacher at Castlehill Primary School and a Girl Guides leader for many years. Now retired, Anne has not let the grass grow under her feet and contributes in a disparate range of community activity.

She is session clerk at A’Chleit Church and has recently been key in a new church website and revised profile which resulted in a new minister being appointed to the charge.

Anne has driven the setting up of Tayinloan Youth Club, and was instrumental in raising funds for a new play park for the village. Each week she runs a badminton club for primary school children and she organises the annual Kintyre Primary Schools Badminton Competition.

She is also the secretary of the Glenbarr Hall committee and worked on the hall’s solar panel project. She is on the committee for the Glenbarr War Memorial and is minute secretary of the Mull of Kintyre Run committee. While no longer a Girl Guides leader she is on the Argyll County Committee of the Guide Movement.

A Rotary spokesperson said: ‘Anne Littleson is someone of whom Campbeltown and Kintyre should be proud, and is a worthy recipient of the Rotary Club of Campbeltown’s Citizen of the Year award.’

Anne was not able to attend the Rotary’s presentation dinner on Thursday February 20, so she was presented with her award at the club’s lunch on Thursday February 27.

Young Musician of the Year Erin McLellan started her music career playing the cornet at age six and progressed to the trumpet, aged 11, with Campbeltown Brass.

In 2019 she had achieved Grade 7 with the ABRSN examinations board and is currently studying for her Advanced Higher Music at Campbeltown Grammar School.

Over the years Erin’s musical talent has been recognised by becoming the Junior West of Scotland Solo Champion three times and runner up in the Scottish Solo Championship.

Auditions over the past three years saw Erin join the Scottish Youth Orchestra and became the band’s principal trumpet player.

She has played at Remembrance Day services and at the Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash memorial events.

A Rotary spokesperson said: ‘Erin’s performance at the Rotary presentation dinner was superb and she is a well deserved recipient of the Young Musician of the Year trophy.

‘We wish her further success with all her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.’

The Young Stockperson of the Year shield is awarded to the person who has achieved the highest scores from entering and competing at stock-judging competitions throughout the year, as well as taking part in local shows.

This year’s winner, Kathryn Semple, revealed that her favourite time of year on the farm is during the lambing season. However, her favourite animals to work with are the cows and calves.

‘We wish her all the best at future events,’ said the Rotary spokesperson.