Flicker Duncan gets British Empire Medal in New Year List of Honours


A Forres man well-known for devoting his time to the community has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for 2020.

James Duncan, who is more commonly known by his nickname Flicker, has given his time voluntarily to events and causes in the town for many years.

He will be awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services as a volunteer.

As an original member of the Forres Community Council, he has also been involved with Forres in Bloom and Forres Heritage Trust. He is also a burgess of the town and received the local Rotary Club’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ award.

Perhaps most notably, as a keen golfer, he has organised a Texas Scramble fundraiser for the last 17 years. In 2019, this raised £3000, which he shared between The Oaks, Forres Christmas Lights, Riding for the Disabled, Macmillan Cancer Support and Forres In Bloom.

Forres councillor George Alexander commented: “I think the award of the BEM to Flicker is fully deserved and the number of messages of goodwill on social media shows how popular the award is. Flicker has raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes over the years. He has also served on many voluntary committees as well as encouraging others to follow his example and do all they could to support local organisations and traditions. I must also mention his wife, Margaret, who we all know is an eternal support to, and integral part of, so much of Flicker’s charitable works.