Double Olympic gold medallist Heather Stanning today joined another elite group as she was granted the Freedom of Moray.
The honour was conferred on her by Moray Council in recognition of her outstanding achievement of winning gold in the women’s pairs rowing event in Rio de Janeiro last month to add to her gold at the London Olympics in 2012.
The Freedom scroll was presented to Heather, from Lossiemouth, by Moray Council convener Allan Wright at a special meeting of the council in Elgin.
She becomes only the second individual in recent years to be granted the Freedom of Moray.
Councillor Wright said: “Along with her rowing partner Helen Glover, Heather has achieved a magnificent feat in winning back-to-back Olympic gold medals and in London and again in Rio helped Great Britain to two of its biggest medal hauls in the history of the Olympic Games.
“Not only that, she and Helen were world pairs champions in 2014 and again in 2015 and they are also the reigning European champions
“These are outstanding achievements of which Heather and Helen can be justifiably proud and we here in Moray share in that sense of enormous pride and it is an honour and a privilege for me to confer upon Heather the highest accolade this council can offer, the Freedom of Moray.”
Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.
Headquartered in Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.