A ROSYTH community champion has had a new road named after her for her tireless efforts helping others. 

The late Irene Hughes is remembered by many across West Fife for being an active member of Rosyth Community Council, raising thousands of pounds for charity, and a brilliant entertainer. 

The selection for the new road name of ‘Irene Hughes Drive’ at the Hilton Gardens development was put forward by the community council, although suggestions were open to the general public. 

Irene’s husband, John, 77, said: “I feel very privileged to see Irene’s name there. This is now part of her legacy. 

“Irene died very suddenly from a brain haemorrhage last year. We had just got back from a cruise when she went to get an MRI scan and eight days later, she died. 

“She entertained many people for 40 years in nursing homes, schools and at community events. She played the piano from the year dot and our good friend Provost Jim Leishman always said she was in the Press more than he was! 

“She knew everybody and had a lot of time for people.”

John and Irene were married for 50 years and met after he was posted to Rosyth with the navy.

He spent 35 years in service while Irene worked as nursery nurse and college lecturer. They raised their three sons and daughter in Rosyth and also have three grandchildren. 

Fife Provost Jim Leishman said: “Irene was totally committed to the community and people like her deserve the recognition. 

“She was a very special lady that cared about others more than herself and I am very proud of her.”

Danny Hughes, chairperson of Rosyth Community Council, said: “Irene was on the council for many years.

"She was quite a figure in the community and did a lot of work for others.

"She was a lovely woman and I hope this road name in her honour is a fitting tribute to her.”