JOURNALIST and Advertiser columnist Mike Edwards was recently named ‘reservist of the year’ at the Scottish Veterans Awards.

Mike, former chief reporter with STV, who lives in Rhu, was presented with the award in recognition of his work with a variety of good causes connected with the armed services – not least Erskine, the charity for former forces personnel, who nominated him for the accolade

Mike, who has been writing a fortnightly Advertiser column since last year, said: “Yes, I was presented with the award; yes, my name is on the trophy; and yes, I have received all the congratulations.

“But the award is as much for the military charities I am proud and privileged to serve as it is for me.

“I have to thank Erskine from the bottom of my heart for nominating me and I truly believe the award is for the charity as well.

“I am fortunate enough to be involved with this remarkable organisation whose stellar staff do so many wonderful things for our amazing veterans.

“It is a privilege to be able to do all this while serving as an Army Reservist, a role I have been fortunate to fulfil for nearly 30 years. I am truly humbled.”

Mike, a deputy lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, is a trustee not only of Erskine but also of the Highlanders Museum at Fort George in his home town of Inverness, the Royal Highland Fusiliers, and the Highland Reserve Forces and Cadet Association. He is also a case worker for the armed forces charity SSAFA in Dunbartonshire.