The Hunter Elect 2019 – Fraser Howie
Born in 1996, I have lived in Penicuik all my life and last year at only 22 I bought my own first home in the town. I was brought up together with my older brother David, by my Mum Lisa and Dad Frank. David and I both attended Mauricewood Primary and then Beeslack High School. I played football for Loanhead Miners Boys Club in a team that my dad coached. I also attended the local Boys Brigade and enjoyed karate, swimming and skiing.
I have always been a hard worker and from a young age, I would wash cars together with a best friend from school Hugh O’Reilly. It’s Hugh that I have to thank for this wonderful opportunity to represent Penicuik as he made my first nomination!
I have had a number of jobs searching for the right niche for myself, I have worked in Customer Service and Sales for over five years and I am currently working as an operator in a sawmill for Glennon Brothers, at Windymains Timber Ltd in Humbie. I also enjoy part-time work in Haig’s restaurant, Penicuik where my experience in Customer Service and Sales is put to good use!
However, coming from a family who have been very successful in running their own businesses – my father as a self-employed Edinburgh Hackney Cab driver and on my mother’s side, my grandfather established a family business that has now grown into a very large national company – I have always held ambitions to run my own business. Therefore, I am venturing into window cleaning and other general commercial cleaning services.
In my spare time, I now coach the Penicuik 2012 Athletic Youth Football Team. This is very rewarding helping other young boys like I was, to have an opportunity to play a team sport and develop a love for the game.
I now live with my girlfriend Amy and her son, Mason, and I have a border collie, Jock. We love going for long walks and being out in the fresh air in the fabulous countryside around Penicuik.
As I have grown up in Penicuik, I have taken part in a few parades over the years with the school and clubs. This year I will be exceptionally proud to take the reins from the outstanding 2018 Penicuik Hunter, Stuart Gillies and lead the ride out and parade, and represent my home town across the counties, together with my Lass, Izzy.
I started riding lessons in January 2018 and enjoyed my first common ride in Penicuik’s mid-week ride in May 2018. Since then I have taken part in Penicuik Saturday ride as well as rides at Annan, Musselburgh and Edinburgh. I am looking forward to a summer season of rideouts and representing Penicuik alongside Izzy and other Penicuik Principals.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this journey so far. Izzy and I look forward to a fabulous year as the 2019 Penicuik Hunter and Lass.