Lynne will sash Lanark's 2017 Lord Cornet

Sashing Lady Lynne Steer (Pic by John Prior)
Sashing Lady Lynne Steer (Pic by John Prior)

Lynne Steer is to sash this year's Lord Cornet at the start of Lanark's Lanimer celebrations.

Her appointment was announced at a Lanimer Committee meeting last night.

"It is quite exciting, and daunting at the same time," said Lynne."It is really quite humbling.

"I was very very surprised and pleased to be asked."

Lynne does a massive amount of work for various groups in the town, but is quick to point out that she is only one member of a larger team in those groups.

It is the third honour the town has bestowed on her. In 2015 Lynne was made a Burgess, being nominated a record eight times that year for her outstanding contribution over many years to the children and youth of the community, and last year she received an award for voluntary service from South Lanarkshire Council.

Lynne, 47, has thrown herself into groups supporting children, raising funds and organising activities as her own boys grew. She and husband Richard have three sons, Cameron now 17, Finlay 15, and Douglas 12.

Initially she went along to St Nicholas Playgroup with the boys, and that led to her joining the committee as a volunteer, then becoming a play leader and now employed as manager.

She worked with the Beavers when her own sons were members, and then in 2009 became involved with Lanark Playparks Action Group which over the years has created new parks at Lanark Loch and Kildare, and Lynne, who is now secretary of the group sees this campaign continuing.

She was on Robert Owen Primary PTA, and when the boys began playing tennis she was part of the group setting up a committee there.

Now she is secretary of Kirkfield United and of their under 19s section.

"Something always crops up," she laughed. "As soon as I come off one committee, there is another one go to on!"

Lynne, who lives in Wheatland Drive, will sash Lord Cornet Iain Hughes at the Cross on June 5, the Monday of Lanimer Week.