A MUCH-LOVED member of the Tranent community has been presented with an award from the town’s Rotary club for his efforts in keeping residents entertained during lockdown.

Raymond Liddell lives in a cottage on the corner of Church Street and Sanderson’s Wynd and, for the last 18 months, has put books outside his garage. He started with his own collection but this soon grew as people handed over their own books.

People were able to take as many books as they wanted while the local library was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The collection of items on offer soon grew, with toys and other items handed in. Raymond would always sit at his garage and ensure people took what they wanted.

He has recently stopped his venture as his wife Diane is unwell.

But his efforts have not gone unnoticed, with Tranent Rotary Club president James Bruce presenting him with a community service award on August 28 on behalf of the club.

A spokesperson said Raymond “will be a miss to the community”.

He added: “The number of cars that passed and tooted their horns, and kids shouting hello to him while we were there, just shows the high esteem he is held in by the community.

“We wish Raymond and his wife good health and say a very big thank you for what he has done.”