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Friday, 16 June, 2000, 21:34 GMT 22:34 UK
Scots honoured
JK Rowling
Author JK Rowling: Edinburgh-based award winner
The Queen honours Scots entertainers Lulu and Lonnie Donegan, Edinburgh-based author JK Rowling and Open champion golfer Paul Lawrie.

Veteran singer Lulu, 51, said she was thrilled to be awarded an OBE for services to music

But she had one regret: "The immediate thing that came to my mind was how I lost my two parents in the last three years and how thrilled and proud they would be.

Paul Lawrie
Paul Lawrie with the Open claret jug
"I see them smiling down and it makes the whole thing really poignant."

In the 36 years since she made her chart debut Lulu has had 16 top 40 hits including a collaboration with Take That on Relight My Fire, her only number one.

Fellow music-maker and the "king of skiffle" Lonnie Donegan is to receive an MBE.

Like, Lulu he reflected on his parents and said his mother would have been immensely proud if she had been alive to hear the news.

Donegan was born in Glasgow and christened James Anthony - but black American guitarist Lonnie Johnson inspired the name change.

US success

His first big hit, Rock Island Line, achieved the then rare distinction of soaring up the US hit parade and from then until the Beatles era he was rarely out of the charts.

Edinburgh-based author Joanne Rowling, whose Harry Potter novels have become a global magical force and enchanted millions of youngsters has been awarded an OBE.

Lonnie Donegan
Lonnie Donegan: Skiffle king
The millionaire writer of the tales about the young wizard was recognised for her services to children's literature - even though the books are adored by adults.

She said: "I'm absolutely thrilled and delighted and I feel so honoured."

Aberdeen golfer Paul Lawrie picks up an MBE. He will defend his Open championship title at St Andrews next month.

Scotland's business world has also been recognised in the annual awards.

Barclay brothers

Knighhoods have been bestowed on the reclusive billionaire owners of the Scotsman newspaper - brothers Frederick and David Barclay.

Lulu
Lulu: Shouting for joy
And there are CBEs for Scott Bell, the managing director of Standard Life who is heading the fight to keep the company's mutual status, and for Professor Robert Will, the head of the CJD research centre at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Scot Neil Macintosh, the former chief executive of Strathclyde region, becomes a Sir for his work as head of the commission which advised on how local government north of the border would work, post devolution.

And the diversity of the honours list is shown with MBEs going to Pete Irvine, the organiser of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations, Sarah Mackinnon, the cook at Ardrossan fire station, and Albert Sutherland the coswain of the Fraserburgh lifeboat.

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