THE Renfrew community has paid tribute to the people who make the town so special by naming its Citizens of the Year.

The prestigious prize returned after an extended absence this year to honour those who go above and beyond in aid of others.

Past winners include youth worker Jim Ward and community stalwart Lindsay McKillop.

And, after months of deliberation, members of Renfrew Community Council have chosen John McLernon as the winner for 2019.

John is a well-known face in the town for his work sweeping the roads.

Margaret McCulloch, who is an additional needs support worker at Renfrew High School, and Cherrie Centre chairwoman Margaret Laird were chosen as the runners-up.

The prizes were presented at a special ceremony earlier this month, with pupils from local schools and politicians also in attendance at the Columba Club.

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The ceremony also saw one of the Renfrew flags raised at the Ferry Green by Depute Provost Cathy McEwan.

John and Margaret Laird were unable to attend but will be presented with their awards at a later date.

Former winner Lindsay, who is secretary of Renfrew Community Council, said: “It has been overwhelming to read all of the entries and it just shows how many amazing people there are out there.

“There are people who are doing amazing things for the community but they are not interested in any credit or awards. John is one of those guys – he gives his everything for the town and you will see him out during all hours of the day.

“He is so polite whenever you run into him.

“We have been so inspired by the number of entries and it really just goes to show that community spirit is alive and kicking in Renfrew.”

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