Radio and record man is in a spin after provost’s honour

A radio presenter and former owner of the iconic Paisley record store Apollo Music has spoken of his honour at winning a Renfrewshire Provost’s Community Award.

Mike Dillon was nominated for the Community Volunteer Award by St James’ Primary School, in Paisley.

Thanks to his efforts, pupils worked alongside community groups and artists and they even learned more about sport.

He has helped the school address issues of poverty experienced by pupils and their families and provided opportunities for children to attend sports camps during the school holidays before pandemic restrictions were announced.

Mike said: “To say I’m honoured to win this award is a huge understatement and it came as a huge surprise.”

He has presented his Singers and Songwriters show on the popular community station Celtic Music Radio for many years.

And he also doubles up as chairman of Paisley North Community Council.

Mike added: “There is no doubt that the past year has put a huge strain on families and individuals, but, in times of need, you will always find folk to step up and contribute their time and effort to make things better for others.

“Every area of Renfrewshire has community champions who are unsung heroes, and I would urge people from across Renfrewshire to step forward and see what they can do for their area.

“There are so many ways that people can help make their community a better place to stay.”

Mike ran Apollo Music – formerly known as The Record Factory – in Causeyside Street for 30 years.

Sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd, Mike’s award, according to the judging panel, recognised his “individual contribution to the community and dedication to the people and organisations who benefited from his selfless endeavour”.

Alex Jenkins, chair of the board of directors at Celtic Music Radio, said: “All of us at the station are so pleased that Mike has won this top award for all his great efforts in his local community.

“We offer him our congratulations in the full knowledge that he will be continuing to work tirelessly on behalf of others.”

Daily Record – Paisley