Dedicated 'Mr Railway' Hugh is our citizen of the year

THE Carrick Gazette Citizen of the Year, Hugh Brown, said he was delighted to receive the award at a special presentation during the Girvan Street Party last week.

Hugh was nominated for the award after being nominated for going "over and beyond the call of duty" in his job as Girvan's "Mr Railway".

Hugh was nominated by Darren Alexander and Dr Tom Smith, who both praised Hugh's dedication and public service over 30 years of working at Girvan Railway Station.

Mr Alexander said: "Hugh is a person that nearly everyone in Girvan will have met and talked to at one time or another.

"To most people in Girvan Hugh is Mr Railway.

"I know that people will often knock his door to ask him train times when he is at home after his working day.

"I also see him run older members of the community to the train station on his day off if it's raining, and run them home after he finishes his work at 2pm.

Mr Alexander added that Hugh's duties include keeping the station clean, which he does meticulously without complaint – and still has a smile on his face when a passenger comes to buy a ticket.

Dr Tom Smith said: "I have used the station regularly for more than 30 years and Hugh has been an ever-present help.

"He has made sure that train travel from Girvan has always been a pleasure. He goes far out of his way to help his passengers and has made a good friend of many of them, including myself.

"The award couldn't go to a more deserving person."

Carrick Gazette deputy editor David Walker said: "We were delighted to present this award to Hugh. After hearing what he has done over the years to help his passengers, the pride he takes in his job and the station here in Girvan, there was only one man in the running.

"We would like to thank Girvan and District Community Council for their help with the award this year."

The award was presented to Hugh by Carrick Gazette editor Robin Young and Mr Walker – shortly after Hugh had performed yet another public service – helping to switch on the town's Christmas lights.