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Council chief knighted in honours
Charlie Gray
Charlie Gray said his knighthood was "a very special honour"
A former council chief has been made a knight in the Queen's Birthday Honours list after nearly five decades of public service.

Charlie Gray, who led Strathclyde Regional Council for six years and was North Lanarkshire's education convenor, was honoured for services to education.

The 120 Scots on the list included entertainer Johnny Beattie and former football manager Jim Leishman.

They were appointed MBEs - alongside school janitor Duncan Frame.

He was recognised for services to education after working at Larbert Village primary school, near Falkirk, for 24 years.

Mr Gray's knighthood was also in recognition of his services to education.

The 78-year-old was education convenor at North Lanarkshire Council before he stood down in at May's election.

During his 49-year career he was also education spokesman for the local government umbrella body Cosla and joint chairman of the committee which negotiates teachers' pay.

He described the knighthood as "a very special honour".

Another local government figure, Audrey Findlay, was appointed a CBE in the list.

Jim Leishman
Jim Leishman lives in Kelty, Fife

Ms Findlay, who led Aberdeenshire Council for the first 12 years of its existence, also stood down as a councillor in May.

Mr Beattie, who is currently starring in BBC Scotland's River City soap, becomes an MBE for his service to showbusiness and his charity work.

Eleanor Bowman, the mother of Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, has also been appointed an MBE for charitable services.

John Murray, the former coxswain of the Anstruther lifeboat, receives the same honour after more than 30 years with the crew.

Former Dunfermline and Livingston manager Jim Leishman, 53, was appointed an MBE for his services to sport.

Successful promoter

The 53-year-old, who is currently director of football at Dunfermline, said he was "very humbled".

Also in sport, promoter Tommy Gilmour becomes an MBE for services to boxing.

The 55-year-old, who has been described as Scotland's most successful promoter and manager, took over the St Andrew's Sporting Club from his father in 1987.

Former Scottish Prison Service chief executive Tony Cameron becomes a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

Those appointed OBEs include Crimestoppers Scotland chairman Neil McCulloch and William McKinlay, the governor-in-charge at Glasgow's Barlinnie prison.


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