COMMUNITY heroes were recognised at an awards ceremony in Tranent.

Tranent and Elphinstone Community Council (TECC) held its achievement awards at a ceremony at Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School last Tuesday.

Tranent Juniors’ cup double was celebrated, as was bowler Dee Hoggan’s national title win, while presentations were also made to former Fa’side councillors Donald Grant and Jim Gillies, as well as Councillor Shamin Akhtar, who has moved wards following boundary changes.

Davie Martin, from Radio Saltire, was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the community, while David Orr, development manager at The Fraser Centre, was also recognised.

Bill Wishart, Tranent Juniors chaplain, said he was “delighted” to hand over the award “in recognition for all that Tranent Juniors brings to the town, not just last season but for its entire history”.

The football club shared the sporting accolade with bowler Dee Hoggan, of East Lothian Co-operative Bowling Club, who was crowned Scottish ladies’ singles champion in the summer.

Isabel Berry, a long-serving stalwart of the Elphinstone community, also received an award and was congratulated by Tranent Parish Church, who described her as a “blessing”.

There was also recognition for fundraising duo Kirsty McGregor and Susan Tully, who helped raise money for Wiggles soft play in memory of their friend Moyra McNeil, who died in 2010.

Wiggles opened in February 2015 after a long fundraising campaign.

The youth award was presented to Christian Buchanan, who was unable to attend the event, while Shug Douglas also received an award as recognition for his restoration work on the war memorials in Tranent and Elphinstone.

Former councillor Mr Gillies thanked the community council for an “unexpected but much appreciated” gift.

Davie Forrest, community council chairman, hailed a “great evening”.

He said: “We are delighted to recognise the achievements and contributions of our award winners, who thoroughly deserved their awards.

“It is great to highlight the positives in our community, of which there are many, which often go unrecognised.”