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Voluntary work secures top military award for columnist

A weekly newspaper columnist has won a top military award for his voluntary work.

Mike Edwards, who writes for the Helensburgh Advertiser, has been named Reservist of the Year at the Scottish Veterans Awards.

The former sports correspondent for Aberdeen-based daily The Press & Journal, pictured, was presented with the award in recognition of his work with a variety of good causes connected with the armed services.

In particular, he was honoured for his work with Erskine, the charity for former forces personnel, which nominated him for the accolade.

Mike Edwards Scot

Mike, who has written a fortnightly column for the Advertiser since last year, told the paper: “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.”