Leader, December 3 2021

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Congratulations, Patrick Stewart

Congratulations to Patrick Stewart CVO, MBE, who is to receive the freedom of Argyll and Bute.

While the honour bestows no special rights or privileges, naming someone an ‘honorary freeman’ is the highest honour a council can give and it is reserved for those whose service is particularly outstanding.

The summary of Mr Stewart’s efforts in this week’s front-page article scratches the surface of what he has done for the community over the last five decades.

We are sure those across not just Kintyre but the whole of Argyll and Bute will be familiar with much of Mr Stewart’s work.

It was kind of him to point out the voluntary work which is done by many in Kintyre, including his own wife, Mary Anne, all of whom are deserving of praise.

Prize-winning pupils

Congratulations should also go to the pupils who feature in our coverage of Campbeltown Grammar School’s 2020-2021 prizegiving.

The last 20 months have been challenging for everyone but the impact on students at such a critical time in their lives, not just academically but personally, must have been particularly difficult.

These young people have not only coped with those challenges, which is to be commended, but they have prospered and should be immensely proud of themselves.