SELFLESS heroes from across the Wee County have been recognised for their dedication and hard work in helping their communities during the coronavirus crisis.

An array of initiatives are being celebrated as part of Scotland Loves Local's High Street Heroes Awards this week.

Kincardine Community Association has received the Regional Champion award for Clackmannanshire for its efforts in providing food to those in need.

Their nomination stated: "They have worked all the way through the Covid-19 lockdown and beyond to help people in the community and surrounding areas with food parcels and helping to reduce food waste in the process.

"The volunteers are amazing - from taking deliveries to collecting surplus food and making up bags of food for everyone in Kincardine that needed it.

"We are so grateful as a village to have a team that really cares about Kincardine."

A number of other local people and businesses have also been highly commended.

Diane Brown, Alloa First BID manager, was put forward for her role in making the town safer during the pandemic thanks to donations of PPE.

"The town not only feels safe, but has a very professional look and feel about it, only possible due to the commitment of the BID and Diane," her nomination said.

Judges were told of the work carried out by Brian Devlin Butchers in Dollar who went above and beyond for local people.

Their nomination stated: "They have been amazing, including staying open for longer.

"They have provided everyone around our area and further with fresh fruit, veg and meat.

"They've made home deliveries to those who were struggling.

"We are all grateful to all staff. Our loyalty shall remain as they have shown onto us."

The final commendation went to The Tilly Tearoom, in Tillicoultry, for its generosity in helping families enduring a difficult time.

"Nora and her amazing team donated cake and soup every Monday and Friday during lockdown to

families in need," judges were advised.

"Each donation was accompanied with encouraging messages handmade by the Tilly Tearoom team.

"It made such a difference to those who were shielding, and really brought people in the village together."