THE leader of Alloa First has been selected as the winner of a top national accolade for her work in the town centre.

Diane Brown picked up the Place Leader prize at the Scotland Loves Local Awards, held at V&A Dundee on Tuesday, November 29.

Judges heard of Diane’s work with Alloa First, helping to support more than 200 businesses and organisations in the town over the past five years.

A key highlight during her time is the assistance provided during Covid and in the months following the pandemic.

Her nomination stated: “Diane has been an absolute power of strength and inspiration to local businesses and third sector organisations.

“Nothing is too much for her and the town is a great place to shop and enjoy.

“She has shown incredible leadership and built relationships that will have a lasting legacy for Alloa and Clackmannanshire.”

Diane’s work was highlighted which included town centre improvement work, seizing online opportunities and being a driving force behind events, including the recent Christmas lights switch on.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Diane added: “No-one is more surprised than me to win this award.

“I am super proud to have been recognised for my work with Alloa First but the recognition should not be just for me but everyone with Alloa First.

“It’s a collective effort from the board directors who give their time freely to the many partners we work with.

“I’d also like to pass on my congratulations to all the winners and finalists in this year’s Scotland Loves Local Awards.”

Forth Valley Food and Drink’s Like a Local Initiative social media campaign also came runner-up in the Digital Community Award.