Youth Scotland member SRPS Youth Group honoured by Young Scot Awards
This weekend, Scotland's most inspirational young people were given the recognition they deserve at the Young Scot Awards. Youth Scotland member, the Scottish Railway Preservations Society (SRPS) Youth Group, were honoured as Scotland's brightest and best young people and took home the Heritage Hero Award, sponsored by Historic Scotland.
The young people, aged between 12 and 16, preserve one of Scotland's oldest steam railways. The SRPS Youth Group look after the locomotives, carriages, fences and platforms as well as welcoming the public to the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway and Museum, one of the area's top visitor attractions.
Started less than two years ago, the group has also benefitted from the Cashback for Communities Small Grants Scheme, administered by Youth Scotland and its partners.
Bo'ness father & son Paul & Aaron McKinnon, who have played a major part in the SRPS Youth Group since its beginning, attended the glittering award ceremony and brought the coveted award back to the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway.
Member Aaron said: "It is amazing to win and have our work noticed. We want to bring more young people and make it an even bigger attraction."
Amanda Kilburn, Business Development Director at the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, said of the group "They are the future of our heritage railway and we thank them and their founder Bob Batchelor for their hard work and dedication. We are glad to be able to support these young people and it is nice to see them enjoying themselves and at the same time learning some really important skills for the future.'
Carol Downie, Chief Executive of Youth Scotland, said: "As a member group of Youth Scotland, the charity is delighted to see the Scottish Railway Preservation Society Youth Group take home the Heritage Hero Award and we look forward to hearing about the group's accomplishments going forward."