Pride of Whithorn

Councillor Alistair Geddes presents a trophy to Connal McDonald of Bravehearts Boxing Club.
Councillor Alistair Geddes presents a trophy to Connal McDonald of Bravehearts Boxing Club.

THE townspeople of Whithorn were “bursting at the seams with pride” last week when Dumfries and Galloway Council hosted to civic reception to honour the achievements of the Primary School and the Bravehearts Boxing Club.

Whithorn Primary School choir were the winners of the Gretna Gateway / West Sound Radio Choir of the Year in 2010 and 2011 as well as winning the Wigtownshire Music Festival and the school’s recorder group won the Wigtownshire Music Festival award.

Receiving the trophy for the recorder group at Whithorn school from councillor Alistair Geddes  is headteacher Norman Hughes.

Receiving the trophy for the recorder group at Whithorn school from councillor Alistair Geddes is headteacher Norman Hughes.

The Braveheart Boxing Club have had stunning success at national level this year with light heavyweight Connal McDonald winning gold at the Scottish Championships and silver at the British Championships. Middleweight Daniel Purves won gold in the West Scotland, silver in the Scottish and bronze in the British Championships and Tyler Jolly, who competes in the 48kg category, won gold in the West of Scotland and Scottish Schoolboy Championships and silver in the British Championships.

The evening was opened by Stephen Jack, service manager for the Wigtown area, who introduced Brian Collins, the Depute Leader of the Council, Wigtown Area Committee Chair Roberta Tuckfield and Mid Galloway Councillors Graham Nicol and Alistair Geddes.

After the awards were presented Roberta Tuckfield said how proud the ward members were of the achievements of the young people just honoured.

Mid Galloway Councillor Alistair Geddes added: “This has been an absolutely super event and it is a tribute to the young people of the town. It is also appropriate to recognise the people who have brought them to this stage. In particular, I would like to mention Braveheart coaches Tom Jolly and Wullie Martin - the best corner men since the late, great Angelo Dundee!”

Councillor Alistair Geddes presents a trophy to Tyler Jolly of Bravehearts Boxing Club.

Councillor Alistair Geddes presents a trophy to Tyler Jolly of Bravehearts Boxing Club.

The three talented boxers now have ambitions to compete for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Glasgow and hope to achieve selection for Team GB for the next Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Asked about his reaction to being honoured by a civic reception, Connal McDonald said: “Seeing everyone here tonight is very special. When we fight we fight for our community and our families and to represent our area - not just for ourselves.”

Tyler Jolly added: “I’m awful chuffed. I don’t think I have ever been so chuffed.”

Whithorn Community Council leader Francis O’Neill said: “The people of Whithorn are justifiably proud of the boxing club and the school. Sometimes this town can get some adverse publicity but tonight we are all fair bursting at the seams with pride.”

Receiving the trophy for Whithorn school choir from Councillor Graham Nicol are Headteacher Norman Hughes and teacher Evelyn Steele.

Receiving the trophy for Whithorn school choir from Councillor Graham Nicol are Headteacher Norman Hughes and teacher Evelyn Steele.

Councillor Alistair Geddes presents a trophy to Daniel Purvis of Bravehearts Boxing Club.

Councillor Alistair Geddes presents a trophy to Daniel Purvis of Bravehearts Boxing Club.