New Deputy Lieutenant for South Kintyre appointed

Jim Martin.
Jim Martin.

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Campbeltown businessman Jim Martin has been appointed by Lord Lieutenant Patrick Stewart as a Deputy Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute.

The appointment, which was sanctioned by Her Majesty the Queen, took effect on Tuesday (June 23).

Mr Martin will cover the South Kintyre area of the lieutenancy. Well-known in the Kintyre area, from where the family business distributes agricultural supplies across Argyll and beyond, he has a long history of community service. He is currently a director of Machrihanish Airbase Community Company and Machrihanish Development Company, which he chaired for six years, as well as the chair of Kintyre and Argyll Events. Previously he was the vice chair of the Kintyre Initiative Working Group as well as serving as a community councillor in Campbeltown for 22 years.

He replaces Iona, Duchess of Argyll, who served as a Deputy Lieutenant for 17 years and who retired on Monday (June 22).

Speaking as Mr Martin was appointed, the Lord Lieutenant said: ‘It is my great pleasure to confirm Jim’s appointment as a Deputy Lieutenant for Argyll and Bute. I have known him for many years and know that he is dedicated to his community and to seeing Kintyre thrive. He is a great asset to the lieutenancy which will enjoy working with him in the years ahead.

‘I must also pay tribute to Iona, Duchess of Argyll, who has given so much of her time and effort to the community and to the lieutenancy since she was appointed in 2003. I wish her all the very best in her retirement from lieutenancy duties.’

Mr Martin added: ‘I am honoured to have been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant. It will be a real privilege, as well as an interesting new challenge, to assist the Lord Lieutenant, in discharging his duty to Her Majesty the Queen. I am looking forward to working with the Lord Lieutenant and Vice Lieutenant as well as my fellow Deputy Lieutenants across the area.’