Whitfield campaigner George Roberts named Dundee Citizen of the Year

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George Roberts, centre, and wife Marjory with Lord Provost Bob Duncan.

Dundee’s Citizen of the Year for 2017 says he “can’t believe that I’m worthy” of the award.

Whitfield campaigner George Roberts was named the winner at a ceremony on Wednesday, and the shocked but delighted recipient said all he ever wanted to do was look out for his fellow residents’ interests.

Mr Roberts moved to Whitfield in the late 1960s and has been involved in various community groups and organisations including Whitfield Design Framework, Whitfield Parish Church, Boys Brigade, Whitfield Development Group and the North East Community Regeneration Forum.

In his time as chairman of the Whitfield Development Group, he championed key developments in the area including the regeneration of Whitfield Green.

He was instrumental in securing a £250,000 lottery grant for the Whitfield Green redevelopment, which saw the unused area of grass transformed into outdoor play area.

George, 77, attended the ceremony in the City Chambers alongside his wife, Marjory, 73.

Still somewhat in shock, he said he could never have imagined he would be given such an award.

“I just can’t believe that I’m worthy of it,” he said.

“I never imagined that I would be up for an accolade like this. I found out when the council phoned and said I’d been nominated and I was the unanimous choice, and that was it.

“I’ve been trying to get things done for Whitfield on the whole…I’m just looking out for the residents’ benefits.

“The provost has been highlighting what the role will entail, so I’ll be attending functions and things.”

Lord Provost Bob Duncan said: “George Roberts stood out amongst this year’s applications. He has spent so many years helping the local community.

“He is an inspiring individual and one who encourages, supports and motivates the local community.

“George is an exceptional candidate and truly a worthy winner.”

Each year Dundee City Council seeks out a Citizen of the Year who has provided outstanding service to their community.

Judges look for someone who provides selfless service to a voluntary body or the community and who brings distinction and quality to everyday life in Dundee.

Recent winners include primary school volunteer Roz Scott, community campigner Stella Carrington and Andrew Lorimer, for his work standing up for the interests of looked-after children.