TWO Inverclyde teenagers were have been honoured with a new award in memory of the area's popular late education boss.

Niamh Boyd and Jonathan Marshall have been presented with the inaugural Wilma Bain Award at the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme ceremony.

The award was created in memory of 56-year-old Wilma, who lost her brave battle with cancer in April this year.

The new prize recognises outstanding achievement throughout the DoE gold award.

Eighteen-year-old Jonathan overcame a number of obstacles and health challenges to complete his award.

He said he was 'thrilled and humbled' at receiving the special prize in memory of Wilma.

He said: “This is something that is extremely meaningful for me.

“Through my involvement with Inverclyde Choir, I had the privilege of singing Lullaby as part of Wilma’s funeral service.

"Whilst there, I got to hear the beautiful eulogy made about Wilma and I realised how incredible she must have been to have touched so many hearts in such a powerful way."

Wilma’s husband David and daughter Morven presented Niamh and Jonathan with the award.

Jonathan said: “Knowing that the leaders respected me so much so as to award me with an accolade in such an incredible woman’s honour made me feel so overcome.

"Being given the award on the night alongside Niamh by Wilma’s husband and daughter was truly special.”

Niamh, 18, said she felt lucky to have been given an award and hopes to honour Wilma with her achievements.

She completed the gold leadership course and leads badminton sessions and volunteers with Barnardo's.

Niamh said: “I feel very lucky and honoured to have been awarded the first Wilma Bain Award.

"I am sure many more deserving young people will honour her memory with their achievements.”