VOLUNTEERS involved in events to ensure Dunbar sparkles have been praised.

Several members of Dunbar Community Council are involved in other groups, including for the town’s Civic Week celebrations and Christmas lights festivities.

The community council held its annual general meeting last month and Pippa Swan, who was re-elected chairwoman, noted the contribution of her colleagues.

She said: “Dunbar Civic Week ran from June 9 to 18 and was a triumph thanks to the most wonderful organisational skills of community councillor Sanchita Patjoshi and her small team.

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“The royal court are all from Dunbar Primary School and they acquitted themselves wonderfully on a hot and sunny fun day.

“Our community awards night on June 10 forms part of Civic Week and was warmly received by all the community award winners.

“Special mention must be made of Ryan Lough, Jo Waddell and Dunbar Grammar School’s intergenerational team who scooped the trophies in the three award categories.

“The Christmas lights team, led by community councillor Graham Adams, delivers on so many fronts throughout the year.

“The group meet every Wednesday evening in the Corn Exchange – now a completely usable building thanks to Graham’s team’s hard work.

“Summer is about bunting and flag flying but, from the late autumn onwards, our High Street is aglow with winter lights.

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“Christmas lights shine out from the end of November until into the new year and there are literally thousands of individual acts that make this happen for us all.”

Mrs Swan also praised the efforts of Romie Blair, describing her as “a Dunbar legend and the heart and soul behind Dunbar Against Litter”.

The group of volunteers spend hours working in all weathers to collect people’s litter.

Mrs Swan also highlighted the efforts of Kevin Searle for working alongside the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) in the town and Alasdair Swan for managing the group’s finances.