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Queen honours poverty campaigners
Midge Ure
Singer and long-time campaigner Midge Ure gets an OBE
Three leading Scottish campaigners against world poverty have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Live 8's Midge Ure and fellow Long Walk to Justice organiser Chris Gorman receive OBEs and businessman Tom Hunter has been given a knighthood.

Strathclyde Police Chief Constable Willie Rae has been knighted.

More than 100 people from across the spectrum of Scottish public life have been honoured by the Queen.

Sir Tom, who has already given away many of the millions he made from the Sports Division retail chain which he founded, is awarded a knighthood for services to philanthropy and entrepreneurship.

Of all the projects I have worked on, none has meant more to me than my current work on Make Poverty History
Chris Gorman OBE

Midge Ure, the former Ultravox singer, is heavily involved in organising the Live 8 concert planned by Bob Geldof for Edinburgh on 6 July. He is honoured for services to charity and music.

And Mr Gorman, who went on from DX Communications to establish his own internet company, receives his OBE for services to business.

He has been heavily involved in organising the G8 Long Walk to Justice in the city on 6 July.

Last year, Sir Tom handed over 1m to the Make Poverty History campaign and pledged a further 6m to match money raised by Live Aid concert CD and DVD sales.

And Mr Gorman is working with both of them to co-ordinate anti-poverty projects in Scotland.

Tom Hunter

"Of all the projects I have worked on, none has meant more to me than my current work on Make Poverty History," he said.

Scotland's recently-retired chief medical officer Dr Mac Armstrong is made a companion of the Order of the Bath.

On his last day at work at the Scottish Executive in May he said that Scotland was at last shedding its "sick man of Europe" tag.

And he hailed the promised legislative ban on smoking in public places.

Thomas Atchison, chief executive of City of Edinburgh Council, and chairman of Sportscotland Alastair Dempster have both been awarded the CBE.

Moira Brown
Moira Brown has been a lollipop lady for 18 years

Also receiving an OBE are journalist Fiona Ross and Eddie Thompson, chairman of the Scottish Retail Consortium, for services to the grocery industry.

He is the chairman of Dundee United and founded the Morning, Noon and Night convenience stores.

Receiving an MBE are opera singer Lisa Milne and Ross County manager Alex Smith - who was sacked by the club on Friday.

An MBE also goes to Ronnie Coburn, who has been in show-business in Scotland and beyond for half-a-century.

He was born in Edinburgh but moved to Dundee in the 1950s and was recently named Dundee's Citizen of the Year.

Busy road

People who have served their communities have received honours from the Queen.

They include Moira Brown, a school crossing warden at Millersneuk Primary School in Lenzie, who received an MBE.

The 54-year-old has been helping children cross a busy road outside the school for 18 years.

She said she was "gobsmacked" and felt "honoured" even that she'd been nominated by the parents' association.


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