A WELL-KNOWN man hailed for his volunteer work in Dollar has been selected as the person of honour ahead of the village gala day.

John Carnduff will march alongside the Gala King and Queen in this year’s parade, due to go ahead on Saturday, June 3.

John is known throughout Dollar for his help during the gala days, lending a hand during fundraiser activities and for planting trees in the village.

He said: “Each year, a different person is appointed in some way who has contributed in some way to societal life in Dollar.

“It’s usually somebody who has been doing charity work of some kind. I’ve helped out in various ways.

“I’ve done a lot of bits and pieces here and there – I’ve been involved in planting trees around Dollar.

“During the duck race, I was a supervisor and making sure none of the kids banged their heads or fell into the river.

“The main thing I do is I help organise and liaise lunches with around 20 elderly people – I help out with the serving and organisation of that.”

The gala will be led by the Dollar Academy Pipe Band, who will set off from the doors of the school from 12.30pm.

John will join the King and Queen behind the pipe band on their march through the village, finishing up at Market Park.

“I’m honoured to be selected,” John added. “It’s a great personal honour.

“The people who organise the gala nominate somebody who has been doing something for the community and this year, it’s come round to me.”

This year’s gala will formally open at around 1pm at the park and then proceed into the day’s activities.

There will be a fancy dress competition, in which the theme is cartoon characters, which will be judged shortly after the event opens.

There will be a range of games – coconut shy, splat the rat and children can take part in various competitive games until 4pm.

A market will be set up in the marquee with gifts on offer and guests can help themselves to a fully stocked bar.