“It was very difficult for the judges to decide a short-leet from the 21 entries and it was impossible to decide a single winner.
“Both Marion in her work for disadvantaged women and Gary in his commitment to our environment went the extra mile. We were particularly impressed by their availability seven days a week.
“How do you choose between Women4Women and Keeping Clacks Beautiful? The answer is that you can’t, and shouldn’t.
“For the first time, therefore, we are happy to announce Marion and Gary as joint Citizens of the Year.”
The Citizen of the Year Award is sponsored by the Lord-Lieutenant’s Trust and Glencairn Crystal.
At the Citizen of the Year Awards, Lord-Lieutenant the Rt Hon Sir George Reid was presented with a framed scroll recognising his dedication and tireless work for the people of Clackmannanshire.
He also received engraved goblets and a bottle of the county’s special reserve whisky.
Provost Tina Murphy said, “George has been a splendid MP and MSP for this community.
“He has brought honour to his home county as Presiding Officer, Lord High Commissioner, Privy Councillor and Director, in wars and disasters, for the International Red Cross.
“He has already received our highest honour as a Freeman of Clackmannanshire but, given his retirement as Lord-Lieutenant in June, we wanted this further opportunity to say thank you, most sincerely.”
In reply, Sir George said that he was “a real Clackie” and his earliest recorded ancestor was John Reid, a shepherd from Muckhart in the late 1700s.
Sir George said, “I am Clackmannanshire born and bred. When I was travelling the world for the International Red Cross and people asked, ‘Where is home?’, I would always answer, ‘Where I can see the Ochil Hills’.
“My biggest privilege has been to serve the Wee County in the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament. I came into politics in the 1970s only because of the painful de-industrialisation of this community and I am totally committed to ensuring that Clackmannanshire is again a fair and prosperous place – a good place to work, live and bring up a family.
“Though I retire as Lord-Lieutenant when I am 75 in June, I assure you that I shall continue, for as long as I am able, to work for the Wee County.”