Tribute has been paid to the treasurer of Musselburgh & Inveresk Community Council for her service after she stood down from the post after nine years.

Catherine McArthur gave her last report as treasurer at the group’s recent annual general meeting and later called on young people to get involved in volunteering in the local community.

Irene Tait, who was re-elected chairperson at the meeting, thanked Mrs McArthur for her service as treasurer and her local voluntary work over the years, as well as her continuing involvement with the community council.

Mrs McArthur has served on the community council for many years, starting in the early 1980s until the late 1990s, and then again from 2012 to the present day.

Tribute was also paid to Stuart Baxter, who is leaving the post of connected communities manager in Musselburgh this month to take on a new role in Haddington.

He has decided to reduce his hours through flexible retirement and, although he will remain a key part of the connected communities service, he will work part-time as connected communities manager with the Haddington and Lammermuir team.

Mrs Tait thanked Mr Baxter for all of his hard work, not only with Musselburgh Area Partnership and the Musselburgh community, but for all of the support he has given the community council over the past seven years.

The following office-bearers were also elected at the AGM: vice-chairperson Bernard Harkins, secretary Margaret Stewart and treasurer Gavin Easton.

The town’s Christmas lights were discussed at the meeting, which heard that the tree lights on Mall Avenue might have to be switched off this year as some of them were “hanging loose”, but it was hoped to have them repaired.

The lamppost lights would be in place over the coming weeks and the lights on the trees at the town hall would also be switched on as part of the festive display, the meeting was told.

Mrs McArthur, who worked as an administrator and secretary with the NHS for 33 years, and still remains a community council member, later told the Courier: “Over the years, the community council has been an integral part of the town development both environmentally and socially.

“They continue to bring the community together through the gala days, remembrance services and festive celebrations.”

She has also been involved with other voluntary organisations over the years, including: parent councils at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School and Musselburgh Grammar School when her children were young; helping to organise royal street parties and gala days in the Windsor Park area; the Windsor Park Tenants and Residents Association, which she set up, and East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel; local groups for people who have had a stroke and developed Alzheimer’s; tea dances for senior citizens; and activities during the 1995 Riding of the Marches.

And Mrs McArthur, who is also a former justice of the peace, added: “I would urge everyone to get involved in whatever way, large or small, within the community you live, as not only can you help and support others, but it will also lead to a life of fulfilment for yourself.”

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