world : Ex-PM Brown and football legend Souness in King's Honours

Friday 14 June 2024 11:48 PM

Nafeza 2 world - Fellow Rangers legend Ally McCoist receives an MBE while, also from the world of sport, golfers Sandy Lyle and Stephen Gallacher receive an OBE and MBE respectively.

Meanwhile writer Armando Iannucci, who created TV satire The Thick of It, is awarded a CBE for services to film and television.

He said he was "delighted" about the award which he took as a signal to keep defending public broadcasters from "attacks on independence and funding".

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Graeme Souness helped raise £4.5m for charity with a cross-channel swim

Gordon Brown's honour recognises significant contributions to the arts, science, medicine or government over a long period of time and is limited to just 65 people at any one time.

He said: "I feel slightly embarrassed as the opportunity to serve is an honour in itself and my preference has always been to recognise all those brilliant, unsung, local heroes who quietly and selflessly give their time to contribute to the vitality of our communities.

"I want to thank those who put my name forward and thank too my family and all who have worked with me during the last 50 years in public life, to whom I owe everything."

Others recognised include Jasmin Paris, an ultra-marathon runner from Gorebridge, Midlothian, who is made an MBE for services to fell running.

In March, she became the first woman ever to finish the Barkley Marathons 100-mile race, completing one of the most challenging ultra marathons in the world with 99 seconds to spare before the 60-hour cut-off.

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Armando Iannucci received his CBE for services to film and television

There is a knighthood for historian Professor Sir Niall Ferguson, who was behind the hit 2003 Channel 4 series Empire: How Britain Made The Modern World, and a best-selling book of the same name.

The Glasgow-born academic, who has written 16 books, said: "When an individual is honoured by the King, implicitly his formative influences are the real recipients of the honour.

"Anything I have achieved is in truth the achievement of my grandparents; my parents, Molly and Campbell; my school, the Glasgow Academy; my college, Magdalen, Oxford; and all the family members, teachers, mentors and friends who encouraged and supported me."

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Jane Spiers, chairwoman of the National Theatre of Scotland, has been recognised with an OBE

Jane Spiers, chairwoman of the National Theatre of Scotland, is made an OBE for services to culture in Scotland.

In a career in the arts spanning more than 40 years, she has been a producer, programmer, festival director, event manager and cultural policy adviser.

She said: "I'm still pinching myself. I feel so fortunate to have spent a lifetime working in the arts and now to be given an honour for doing something I love.

"I couldn't accept it without acknowledging all the people along the way, back and front of house, who've played a part in my life, encouraged me, believed in me, given me chances."

A volunteer who helped restore the world's last seagoing paddle steamer the PS Waverley has also been honoured.

John Beveridge, 71, has been made an MBE for services to paddle steamer preservation and charity.

He said: "The honour is for work I did on Maid of the Loch, which was a wreck and sinking in the 1990s.

"I helped save the Waverley back in 1974 when she was given to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for £1."

Mr Beveridge described the boat, which was built in 1946, as "a great advert for Scotland".

He added: "It's been 25 years I've been involved in Maid of the Loch and volunteers are still helping to restore it.

"The aim is that she will sail again on Loch Lomond, hopefully one of these days."

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Myrna Bernard and her husband Harvey Bernard

A grandmother who spent years helping Holocaust survivors before retiring aged 81 said she was "delighted" to be recognised.

Myrna Bernard, from East Renfrewshire, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the Jewish community and to the disabled in Scotland.

Describing her reaction to news of the award, she said: "It was a surprise, it was a shock, I'm very touched and just amazed and I'm delighted. It was very nice."

A volunteer who gave up her job to help the humanitarian response to the invasion of Ukraine has also been recognised in the honours list.

Hannah Beaton-Hawryluk, 63, of South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, has been made a MBE for services to the Ukrainian community in Scotland.

Mrs Beaton-Hawryluk, whose Ukrainian father was forced to settle in Scotland following World War Two, has raised £5.5m since the invasion began in 2022.

She said: "I'm just grateful I was able to give up my job.

"People who come here are so grateful for what they have been given - they arrived with nothing. My problems seem small in comparison."

She added: "I hope it's what my dad would have wanted."

Also being made an MBE is Gerald Lobley, 79, from Kemnay in Aberdeenshire, who has spent 50 years teaching youngsters - including a future Scottish champion - how to play chess.

Mr Lobley, who was recognised for services to chess in Scotland, he said he was "flabbergasted" to learn he had been honoured by the King.

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