War honour for Elizabeth, 89

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The Battle of Stalingrad was raging when Twechar girl Elizabeth Mitchell was conscipted for war service as a telephonist, aged just 17.

Now 89, she was specially honoured at a recent community awards event staged by East Dunbartonshire Council.

As well as being presented with a certificate Elizabeth – who remained in the services until 1964 – was invited for tea with Provost Una Walker at Kilmardinny House in Bearsden.

She and her husband adopted six siblings and over the years she has been a huge supporter of her local church and day centre.

After the awards ceremony she said: “It was amazing to be asked along.”

Councillors nominated people who had gone the extra mile, whether through voluntary or charity work, or an outstanding career.

The Provost said: “Congratulations to each and every recipient who has helped make our community great.”