Stonehaven came out on a high last week at the Pride of Aberdeen awards, with two of the accolades being awarded to people from the town.
Professional tourist guide Elma McMenemy, was given the Tourism and Hospitality Award at the Original 106 event on Saturday November 11, while Fire and Safety Engineer Garrith Glennie was named the winner of the Health and Safety Award title.
The Tourism and Hospitality award was to honour “a person who goes beyond the expected to ensure all who visit Aberdeen have memories they will cherish, learn about the area, and experience all there is to see and enjoy”.
Elma, who specialises in ancestral guiding, whisky and guiding in English and Norwegian, told the Leader that winning came as “a lovely surprise”.
She said: “I really wasn’t expecting it as I was up against stiff competition and it was an open public vote. It was a really lovely evening and I was very humbled by the company I was in. The other awards went to people doing life-saving work and it was an honour to share the evening with them all.
“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me, and my client Bev Clarke, who nominated me. I’d also like to thank Original 106 and the Marcliffe Hotel.”
Garrith has built up his business over the past few years despite ill health. Most of his business has been built on word of mouth due to his kind nature and passion for customer service. Through his business journey he has made not only new clients, but a lot of new friends.