Peter Grieve has been given life membership of teh Naracoorte Caledonian Society

LIFE MEMBER: Past Chief Peter Grieve (middle) receiving life membership from Past Chief Jim Patterson and Chief Ed Coventry. Photo: SUPPLIED

LIFE MEMBER: Past Chief Peter Grieve (middle) receiving life membership from Past Chief Jim Patterson and Chief Ed Coventry. Photo: SUPPLIED

Peter Grieve has been acknowledged for many years of service to the Naracoorte Caledonian Society.

Since joining the society almost 30 years ago, Mr Grieve and his wife Lyn have served as members of the board, and Mr Grieve served as chief several times.

He is an expert at the address to the haggis, a traditional address given at a Burns supper.

Mr Grieve said he was surprised but very honoured to receive life membership.

"That was a very pleasant surprise for both of us,' he said.

"Lyn has had as much involvement as me - she has been a director on the board for a number of years, working behind the scenes.

"There are now only four life members of the society - Don Patterson, Jim patterson and Glad Patterson, so I am the only life member that doesn't have the name Patterson!"

The Grieve family has a long Scottish history in Naracoorte.

"Our family has been in Naracoorte since 1854, 167 years this year," he said.

"My great grandfather Aitchison Grieve came from Scotland and landed in Naracoorte in 1854 and he had the first blacksmiths shop in the main street, about where Pearl Continental is now.

"It was one of the very first businesses in the main street.

"He helped, along with William Macintosh and a few other good Scottish citizens, establish St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Naracoorte."

Mr Grieve is not the first one in the family to be part the society, with his father serving in the Caledonian Society in the 40s before the society took a brief recess for the war and helped to revive the society after the war.

His late sister Denise was also in the society for many years.

He said he enjoyed his time in the society, which hosts several events a year.

"It's all been enjoyable, we just generally have good fun - as long as people keep coming, we'll keep running it,' he said.

"I have loved it, we have good fun and it's a good bunch of people."

It is not the first time Mr Grieve has been recognised for his work in the community.

He is also a life member of Naracoorte Apex Club and the Naracoorte Camera Club.

He has also served on the hospital board, Longridge Aged Care board, has assisted at annual ballet concerts, was a director of Dunbar Homes, was the chairman of the high school governing council and was a committee member of both the Naracoorte and Wimmera Aero Clubs.