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Town's brass band sweeps the boards

A CARNOUSTIE Community Council reception held in the British Legion clubrooms on Friday evening recognised the remarkable achievement of the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band in winning the British Brass Band Championships earlier in the year.

However, the occasion also included an unexpected surprise for the band and their musical director, Mike Robertson.

Band members, whose ages range from 13 to 19, their parents, band organising committee, sponsors and invited guests heard community council chairman Jim Simpson announce that earlier in the month, following nominations from members of the public, the Citizen of the Year winners had been determined and that as well as                    the reception, the evening would now also feature the Citizen of the Year awards.

He went on to recount that that since their formation in 2007, the band had competed each year in the British Youth Brass Band Championships held in Manchester coming fourth in 2008 and second in 2009.

This year, he said, the band under the direction of tutor, Mike Robertson, achieved national recognition by winning the British Youth Brass Band Championships advanced section.

Mr Simpson then declared that this year's Junior Citizen of the Year winner was the entire Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band.

The Junior award, gifted memory of Derek Orrock who died from cancer at the age of 17, was presented to the band by Derek's mother, Eva.

Mr Simpson then went on to announce that for the second time, the Carnoustie Citizen of the Year award was going to musical director Mike Robertson.

He paid tribute to him for his service to the community, for 'popping up' with a band to events such as the Armistice Day parade and the Christmas tree lights switch-on amongst many more.

Mr Robertson, who has lived in the town for around 28 years with his wife and family, was presented with the Citizen of the Year award by Martin Grant, of sponsors Mackays Preserves.

Mike Robertson with Jim Simpson and Martin Grant  

Heather Singer and Joe Walters from the band with Mr and Mrs Orrock 
A collection of the bands trophies 


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