A trophy dedicated to the memory of the late Alex Johnstone MSP, sponsored by The English – Speaking Union, Scotland, and Mearns Heritage Services, was presented last week to his wife Linda.
The engraved quaich was presented to preserve the memory of Alex, his significant contribution to all things Scottish, and his tireless work on behalf of the people of Angus and the Mearns.
The quaich will be presented by Linda to Mearns Academy and Mackie Academy at a later date, with the intention of encouraging and promoting an annual debate between Mearns and Mackie pupils, on an agreed topic of current Scottish interest.
The presentation to the schools will have another significant connection, as Linda attended Mearns Academy, and Alex attended Mackie.
Linda Johnstone said “I am delighted that his name and legacy will live on through this trophy.
‘‘I hope that it will encourage a future generation of young debaters to follow in the footsteps of an inspirational servant of the North-east.”
“I am very pleased to accept this trophy for the purposes of debate between Mearns and Mackie Academies in Alex’s name.”
Ian Duncan MEP, a close friend and colleague of Alex, and Chair of the English – Speaking Union Scotland said at the presentation: “It is a privilege to support the launch of the Alex Johnstone memorial trophy, a fitting tribute to a wonderful and passionate man.
‘‘Alex was a well-liked and much-respected figure throughout