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Letters of Commendation

Letters of Commendation for service to communities during the pandemic

A second round of Letters of Commendations from the Lord-Lieutenant of Banffshire,    Mr Andrew Simpson, and the Lord-Lieutenant of Moray, Major General Seymour Monro, have been awarded.  These letters mark exceptional service by individuals and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 90 Letters of Commendation were issued in October to various organisations and individuals, expressing thanks for everyone’s extraordinary contributions to their communities during the pandemic. This second round sees a further 90 worthy recipients acknowledged.

Recipients range from some of the emergency services to organisations supporting businesses and jobs; from education staff to teachers; from Rotary clubs to supermarkets and shops; and to all the very many individuals who have gone above and beyond for others to support them through the crisis. 


Andrew Simpson said: “It has been humbling to read the nomination citations. So many people have looked after others in their communities, and have helped by keeping their businesses going to provide food and other items for people.

“I particularly want to thank all the teachers and support staff who have done their best to encourage their pupils through home-schooling and now back in the classroom. It has been a most testing time unlike anything we have experienced before.”

“Others gave outstanding support during the recent gas incidents in Keith and the surrounding area.”

Seymour Monro added: “I’m grateful to those who had raised funds so that essential food, clothing and finance were available to support those in special need.  Andrew and I - as members of the Lieutenancies’ Moray Emergency Relief Fund team - are proud of the generosity of the people and businesses in Moray.

“I would also like to thank everyone involved in the delivery of the vaccines: the doctors, nurses, administrative staff, members of the Armed Forces and the many volunteer stewards”.


A recipient, Craig Robertson on behalf of Business Gateway, said receiving the commendation “is a real boost”.

“This last year has been a rollercoaster for businesses, and we’ve been on that journey with them. They’ve shown a huge amount of resilience and we’re proud to have played a role in supporting them.”

Both Lord–Lieutenants agreed that the ongoing nature of the pandemic would mean that there would be another tranche of letters in the middle of the year. Whilst acknowledging that there are ‘unsung heroes’, they congratulated all of those receiving Letters of Commendation for this well-deserved honour.

1st Forres Scout Group

3rd Battalion The Rifles

Aberlour and District Rotary Club

Alan and Janet Grant

Aldi, Elgin

Allan Cowie

Aonghus Archibald

Asda, Elgin

Bairds Pharmacy

Blair Moir

Bruce and Isobel Ross

Buckie and District Community Council

Business Gateway Moray

Circles Advocacy Service

Claire Doughty Publicity

Claire Herbert

Clarks Pharmacy

Co-op, Aberlour

Co-op, Buckie

Co-op, Dufftown

CU There Taxis

David Barrie Wallace MBE

Derek Ramsay

Discretionary Awards Team, Moray Council

Dufftown and District Branch of the Royal British Legion

Education  Technologists Team

Elgin City Football Club

Elgin Rotary Club

Emi Andrews

Findhorn Bay Arts

Findochty Keystore

Fiona Thomson

Flying Mirrors Photography and Video

Fochabers Community Sing Virtual Choir

Forres Mechanics Football Club

Forres Rotary Club

Geraldine McKillop

Gordon and June Whiteford

Head of Education and Quality Improvement Managers 

Iain Rennie

James Baird and Janice Dougan

Janice Flett

June Donald

Karen and Grahame Colliver

Kathleen Robertson

Kaye MacLeod, Asda Elgin Community Champion

Keith Rotary Club

Kelly McLaren

Kirsty Mitchell

Lidl, Buckie

Lidl, Elgin

Linda Gorn, Agnes Peters, Nora McPherson and Linda Gillies - Keith Kilt and Textile Centre

Lossie Restaurant

Lossiemouth Community Development Trust

Louise Kelman

Lt Col Grenville Johnston CVO OBE TD CA

Margaret Cormack

Maritime & Coastguard Agency 

Mark Hancox and Andy Daggart, William Grant & Sons - Glenfiddich Distillery

Marks and Spencer Simply Food, Elgin

McKenzies Newsagents

Moravian Motors

Moray Citizens Advice Bureau

Moray Council Catering Team

Moray Council Criminal Justice Team

Moray Firth Credit Union

Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation 

Moray School Staff

Positive Action Group


Red Cross Society

Regency Garage

Robert and Mhorag Martin


Sarah Hunt Pilates

Scottish Ambulance Service

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Scottish Gas

Sonya Sinclair

Spar, Keith

Speyside Community Council

Team of Volunteers at Dr Gray's Hospital

Tesco, Buckie

Tesco, Elgin

Tesco, Forres

The Captain's Table

The Gather'n Café

William Robertson CBE DL

Youth Point Moray

Yvonne and Callum Squair

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