Alzheimer’s volunteer receives her BEM at special Spynie ceremony

A Moray pensioner has received a British Empire Medal in a special ceremony in Elgin’s Spynie Kirk House at the weekend.

Pamela Ross, 74 and from Elgin, was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June and was formally presented with her award by the Lord Lieutenant of Moray, Lt Col Grenville Johnston.

Mrs Ross received the BEM for her services to the community. She first arrived in Moray in 1975 from Leicester with her Findochty-born husband and became in voluntary work almost immediately.

A Samaritans volunteer, she also took up duties with the WRVS, Alzheimer’s in Elgin, Crossroads, meals on wheels – and for 20 years was a home care manager with Moray Council’s social work department.

On receiving her award Mrs Ross said: “It seems very strange to get this for doing something I enjoy – it is not a hard thing I have done, I have been fortunate.”

Also receiving BEM’s at the ceremony were twin brothers John and Billy Grant from Glenfernes and Grantown.

The pair had both started work for Moray Council’s roads department in 1963 – and at 68-years-old neither have any designs on retirement just yet.

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