HIGH street heroes from across Helensburgh and Lomond have been recognised for their remarkable work during the coronavirus crisis.

As part of the Scotland Loves Local campaign, businesses and individuals throughout the country have been celebrated for their role in supporting local communities during the pandemic.

Included in the special mentions were: Ella Lawson from Home Hardware in Sinclair Street; Jordan Frearson, who made 3,000 home-made masks; Liz Simpson for her community meals and support for neighbours; Robert Ryan, who runs the Brae Shop in Rhu; Helensburgh Tech and Hardware in West Princes Street; and Siona Garden from The Cafe at Kilcreggan.

Jordan, Liz and Robert also received shout-outs in the Advertiser's own 'Lockdown Heroes' series which ran in May.

Argyll and Bute's 'regional champion' was Jilly Wilson from The Square Peg in Lochgilphead, while the Isle of Bute Resilience Team, Amber Cooper from Cooper’s Cleaning in Dunoon, and Will Anderson, from Muasdale Stores in Tarbert, were all 'highly commended'.

A roll of honour of all nominees has been published at www.lovelocal.scot.

Communities secretary Aileen Campbell said: “I would like to thank these high street heroes for going the extra mile to help their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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“I am pleased the Scottish Government has been able to support these awards through our funding for Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP). They typify the kind of community spirit that has supported people and improved lives.

“This has been a difficult year for all of us, and the only way we will get through is by sticking together, being kind, and offering help where it is needed.

"The fact that these awards received more than 1,200 nominations just shows how much people have appreciated those who have pulled together to help one another.”

STP’s chief officer, Phil Prentice, added: “The dedication with which people across Argyll and Bute have supported those around them during the pandemic has been remarkable.

"We’re delighted to shine a spotlight on the amazing difference that our high street heroes have made and thank them for all they have done.

“They are an inspiration - local people helping their communities and customers like never before.

"They highlight the vital part that high street businesses play in our lives and why we must support them to ensure they continue to be there for us.”

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