High Street workers have been recognised for helping out in their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The High Street Hero Awards 2020 recognise workers in each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas.
More than 1,200 people were nominated this year as part of the Scotland Loves Local campaign.
This year’s winners include shop owners who worked round the clock, a group supplying hundreds of key workers with bicycles, a community fruit and veg social enterprise and a shopkeeper who became a “go-to” man.
Donna and Bruce Morgan of Brownlie’s of Biggar, South Lanarkshire, have been recognised for staying open 24/7 for three and a half months to meet demand for home deliveries and ensure key workers could access necessities.
Customers of Brownlie’s said: “No-one could have done more during Covid to keep the community going – safely and with great thoughtfulness.
“They’ve made sure that no-one has gone without.
“Brownlie’s has been a complete lifeline.”
Mrs Morgan thanked those who put them forward.
She said: “That people have taken the time to nominate us is pretty amazing.
“Our staff have been exceptional. They have all really stepped up – and the community has been so supportive.”
In Dumfries and Galloway, Colin Wilson has been named regional champion after judges heard he ran Castle Douglas Post Office single-handedly for 13 weeks.
Mr Wilson, who has run his town centre business for 26 years, said: “To be able to keep families in touch with each other with cards and gifts through the post during the pandemic was really satisfying and allowing businesses to…