Jan 1 2013 by Iain Howie, Perthshire Advertiser
A number of Perthshire and Kinross-shire’s great and the good have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Perth Youth Orchestra conductor D Eoin Bennet receives the British Empire Medal for services to music in the Big County.
Mr Bennet (78), from Stormontfield, was organist and choirmaster at St John’s Kirk in Perth for 37 years and continues to teach under a presbytery scheme.
He is originally from Dundee and a former principal teacher of music at Morgan Academy. He later became a music adviser for the council in Perth - a post he held between 1969 and 1990.
He said he was “very proud” to have been recognised in the list.
Crieff-based paramedic John Pritchard (44) is to receive the MBE for services to the Scottish Ambulance Service and The British Association of Immediate Care Scotland (BASICS Scotland) which operates from Aberuthven.
BASICS provides training on how to deal with trauma and medical emergencies.
Mr Pritchard worked with the RAF for seven years, joining as a medical assistant in 1988.
Perth Guildryman John Leighton receives the KBE for services to art. He is the director general of the National Galleries of Scotland and married to Gill Keay with in-laws living in the city.
Ewan McGregor is to receive the OBE for services to drama and charity.
The Strathearn-raised actor and backer of UNICEF, who recently added his voice to tourism promotion for his home county, said: “I am delighted and touched to be on the New Year’s Honours list.”
He later tweeted: “I am very proud to work with UNICEF and will continue to help them in any way I can.”
Charity worker Cecelia Fernie, who co-runs Greyhound Rescue Fife which has kennels near Kinross, also receives the BEM.
Cecelia, also known as Celia, and Jimmy Fernie set up the charity in 2005 in response to unwanted greyhounds reaching the end of their racing careers in the area.
Yesterday, she told the PA it was “wonderful” to have received the honour, having been nominated by three volunteers with the charity.
“I didn’t know anything about the nomination, but I hope the medal helps to raise the profile of our charity and greyhounds.
“Our charity has helped re-home 630 greyhounds - they mean so much to us and they are great with people.”