Helensburgh Heroes would like to congratulate Melanie Andrews and Gordon Reid on the award of the MBE in this year’s New Year Honours List.
Melanie, a founder Director and Trustee of the Charity, was recognised for services to baking and to the community in Helensburgh. Melanie opened her first tearoom at the age of 21 and it soon became one of a chain of four – Craigard – with Helensburgh’s famous Craigard Tearoom opening in 1995. Melanie lives, breathes and dreams of all things home baking and seven years ago founded the Scottish Baking Awards – giving Scotland a professional recognition and certification scheme for it’s Home Baking Industry. Passionate about her hometown, Melanie has spent the past 30 years campaigning tirelessly to improve and promote Helensburgh & Lomond and has always given her time and personal resources to support any venture that might bring positive change to the area.
The award of MBE to Gordon Reid caps off an incredible year for the Wheelchair Tennis star. In 2016, Gordon won two Men’s Singles Slam titles including Wimbledon, two Men’s Doubles Slam titles, a Gold and Silver Medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio and claimed the World Number 1 Men’s Single ranking in December. Off the court, Gordon has been given the Freedom of Argyll & Bute, had a lion cub named after him, opened Helensburgh’s Civic Centre, and his success has sparked a debate on whether a wheelchair event should be included in the Davis Cup in future years. He has also spent many hours at open days, training sessions and exhibition matches all designed to encourage the next generation of wheelchair tennis stars.
A well deserved honour for two local Helensburgh Heroes.