Freedom of Grantown on Spey granted to footballing twins

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Twins Shelley Cowie (left) and Suzanne Grant (right) are pictured after the ceremony with Councillors Bill Lobban, Isobel McCallum and Jaci Douglas

At a ceremony held at the Grantown Courthouse on Saturday 9th July, The Highland Council presented twins Suzanne Grant and Shelley Cowie (nee Grant) with the Freedom of Grantown on Spey in recognition of their contribution to the sport of football, and to their local community.

The Highland Council Convener, Councillor Isobel McCallum, opened proceedings and gave an overview of the highlights of the twins professional careers before inviting Suzanne and Shelley to step forward to be awarded the honour in recognition of their achievement and dedication to the sport of Women’s Football.

Ward 21 Councillor Jaci Douglas provided background to the twin’s early lives in Grantown on Spey and on the inspirational role they have played in the community for many youngsters looking to develop their own sporting aspirations.

Area Committee Chair for Badenoch & Strathspey, Councillor Bill Lobban, concluded the ceremony congratulating Suzanne and Shelley on their achievements in the sport.

The twins have represented their sport at the highest level with both having played for the Scottish Women’s National Football team. Shelley has now stepped back from the professional game to concentrate on family; however Suzanne continues to play, currently with Motherwell Ladies, and has now achieved 104 caps for her country. 

The event was attended by family, friends and invited guests, including the four elected members for the Badenoch and Strathspey Ward.

The awarding of this prestigious honour of the Freedom, which is rarely presented, has been granted by The Highland Council in recognition of services to sport and was strongly supported by the community and by the Badenoch and Strathspey Ward Councillors.

12 Jul 2016
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