A NAIRN woman has been awarded lifetime membership of the Scottish National Party for her commitment to the political group over the last 70 years.
Rona Taylor has been a member of the party since 1943, regularly fundraising and attending meetings all over Scotland.
Celebrating her 90th birthday last year, Mrs Taylor has been involved with the party for the last 74 years, living in various locations all over the country.
She was incredibly touched to receive the lifelong membership in a ceremony that was held in the Spectrum Centre in Inverness.
“I’ve been a member for many years and then they gave me this presentation,” she said.
“I must say that Saturday was an extremely happy day.
“I will be involved with the party forever, it’s in my blood.”
Mrs Taylor was born in Greenock however has lived in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Drumnadrochit and settled in Nairn just over 20 years ago.
Mrs Taylor has never let her commitment to the party falter and has formed a particularly close relationship with Inverness MSP Fergus Ewing who was delighted to honour her with the membership.
“She and her late husband Ronald played a big role in helping to see my mother, Winnie Ewing, elected as MP in Moray and Nairn in 1974,” he said.
“Rona is always cheerful and positive in her demeanour and that enthusiasm spreads out to all in her company. She has been and at the age of 90 continues to be a kind person who has helped countless others.
“I was delighted to present her with lifetime membership and recognise her great contribution not only to the cause of Scottish independence but to the common wealth of our society.”
SNP Nairn Councillors Stephen Fuller and Liz Macdonald were also on hand to present Mrs Taylor with her lifetime membership.
“She has played a huge part in establishing the party both locally and nationally,” Cllr Fuller said. “Back then the party wasn’t as successful as it is now.
“The amount of commitment she has given to it is incredible.”
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey MP Drew Hendry was also at the Spectrum Centre to award Mrs Taylor with her lifetime membership.
“Rona has certainly seen lots of changes throughout the years as a member of the SNP and we are all extremely humbled by her unrelenting passion and continued dedication to a better Scotland,” he said.