THE most dedicated people in the Wee County have once again been recognised at an annual awards ceremony last week.

Alexander Harvey was named Clackmannanshire Citizen of the Year on Tuesday, March 5, at the ceremony, which took place at the Speirs Centre in the evening.

At the same event, Katherine Martin was named Young Citizen of the Year for her involvement in sporting, science and mental health events as well as much more.

Alexander beat off stiff competition from other finalists George Burnett, Alan Faulds, Marion Levett and Denise Moffat and Adrian Tobin, receiving the accolade for his work transforming the school garden at Park Primary School.

He was instrumental in creating a quiet and safe learning space for children to help them access outdoor learning activities.

Mr Harvey, whose award was sponsored by the Lord Lieutenant's Trust, also runs gardening and chess clubs, patiently sharing his knowledge and expertise with the pupils while also supporting many school trips.

Beyond her involvement in various events, Katherine also runs an after-school badminton club, volunteers weekly at a local nursery and care home while also gave her time for free at last year's Special Olympics.

She recently gave a presentation on good mental health at the Wellbeing Scotland Conference and is a sports leader within Clackmannanshire Council's Sports Development Team.

Runners up in the Young Citizen of the Year Award were Lauren Binning who has volunteered for many charities while also becoming a Dux medallist and Scott Brough who gives up his spare time to help a number of causes and takes part in fundraising activities.

Other finalists in this category included the Alva Academy S6 Cohort, Kara-Olivia Anderson, Leah Anderson & Eva Duncan, Sara Anwar, Jamie Noon & Emma Orr, Aiden Cribben, James Evans and Cameron Murphy, Sarah Harris and Martha Tindall.

Provost Tina Murphy said: "Congratulations to Alexander on being named Citizen of the Year and to Katherine on being our Young Citizen of the Year.

"Once again we have had a very strong field and a difficult decision was taken to decide who our overall winner was.

"Congratulations to all our nominees and it is delightful to read what all these young people are doing throughout Clackmannanshire.

"I wish they all could be a winner as this would have made our life easier."

Lt Col Johnny Stewart, Lord Lieutenant for Clackmannanshire, added: "I am so pleased that the Citizen of the Year Award, now in its 15th year, attracts such worthy nominations.

"Clackmannanshire has so many voluntary groups and individuals and it is important to recognise them.

"I was inspired to hear first hand what the five finalists have done in the Wee County over the years.

"It was very hard to choose between such a strong group of contenders but I am delighted and congratulate Alexander Harvey as the winner of the 2018 Award.

"I would also like to congratulate Katherine Martin on becoming the Young Citizen of the Year."