Top Citizen Begins Her Year

Dundee's new Citizen of the Year took up her post at a civic reception last night.

Rena Smith (72) was chosen last week for her dedication to the Balmoral Residents' Group and her work for Dundee people as a director of the Tenants' Information Service.

The system has now reverted to just one Citizen of the Year, following several years where there was a citizen, as well as senior and young awards.

Last night's reception was also used to thank last year's holders of the titles, Eddie Davidson (citizen) Jean Lobban (senior) and Jayne Crawford (young).

Stan Frew, the oldest surviving citizen of the year, also attended the event to unveil a commemorative board that lists all the citizens since the title was first awarded in 1962.

The Right Rev Vincent Logan, Bishop of Dunkeld, dedicated the board, which was made by Gordon Anderson, of Gordon Bennett Design.

Lord Provost John Letford said, "It is a real pleasure to congratulate Rena for her achievement and to thank the three outgoing citizens for all their work and commitment over the last year.

"We have been very pleased with the public's response for nominations, and I am sure that Rena will be an inspiration to us all as she goes about her work.

"It is a very special occasion as we will be marking the service of all Dundee's citizens of the year with a permanent tribute.

"This is a unique event bringing together people who have carried out dedicated work in our communities."

Taken from "The Courier", February 14, 2003