The Galloway Gazette / Newton Stewart Rotary Club Citizens of the Year for 2013 are ‘The Lady Shear’ team that raised a phenomenal £14,000 for charity by shearing 700 sheep in eight hours at Newton Stewart market in May.
The 10 ladies are only the second ladies’ team in the world to shear 700 in eight hours and took on the monumental challenge to raise funds for Newton Stewart Hospital and the Royal Highland Educational Trust,
The team were represented at the presentation by Helen Ryman and Libby Templeton and received their well-deserved award from Galloway Gazette Editor Martin Laing and Rotary District Govenor Kate Keter.
At the presentation ceremony in the Bruce Hotel last Thursday evening, outgoing Rotary President Ian Heath also presented the ladies with commemorative certificates.
The representatives of The Lady Shear were invited by the Rotary Club for a celebratory meal before being presented to the club and the District Governor by Michael Dunlop. District Governor Kate addressed the club on this the annual visit of a District Governor. Three groups were nominated for the award and the other two were the “Evergreens” from the Isle of Whithorn and The Wigtown Community Shop which are also to be recognised by the Rotary Club for their outstanding contributions to the community.
The ten members of The Lady Shear are: Carol McKenna from the Gass Farm at Kirkcowan, Lynn and Kirsty Wilson from High Barness, Wigtown; Shannon Telfer Nicholson from Rhonehouse; Kyla Graham from Irelandton, Twynholm; Kate McDonald, Whitedyke, Mochrum; Helen Ryman, North Kildarroch, Whauphill; Sheena Horner, Knockskeog, Wigtown; Libby Templeton, Oldland, Kirkcowan and Hilary Howatson, Risk Farm, Newton Stewart.
The ladies will present cheques to their two nominated charities at Wednesday’s Wigtown Show.