The voluntary efforts of the man behind the project to restore the historic steamship have been recognised by the Friends of Loch Lomond and Trossachs at an award ceremony celebrating community heroes.

John Beveridge has spent 35 years working at the helm of the project to get the ship sailing again, first becoming involved with the ship in 1982 when it was placed for sale; and ten years later, he persuaded the local authority to purchase the boat while as a director of Dumbarton District Council.

He set up the Loch Lomond Steamship Company in 1995, which has led to the boat to be refurbished and become a static tourist attraction in the area.

John said: "Ever since that day in 1982 I have been determined to ensure that the Maid of the Loch can operate to the best of her ability, and it is a determination I will retain for many years to come. The interest shown in the Maid every year shows how vital it is that she is maintained, and that every avenue is explored for improvement.

"I am delighted that I have been recognised in this way by the Friends, and I am looking forward to continuing our successful relationship."