In that time he attended every meeting of the new (from 1977 onwards) Cambusbarron Community Council and was recognised by everyone as an outstanding contributor to local concerns. Invariably polite, he was also invariably effective.
Whatever the issue - and there were many: being a councillor is a full-time job - Col Saunders addressed each fully and intelligently, and even those who sometimes disagreed with his stance, respected the substance behind it. Perhaps, appropriate locally, some will remember him next month as the restoration of Bruce's Well down the Burnside is undertaken (by Richard Blore's Total Land- scapes). The Colonel was much involved in the bureaucracy before the actual physical work began, helping, as he did many times, to smooth the way forward: a man to be remembered.