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Mone and McGeechan head New Year Honours list

Michelle Mone and Ian McGeechan
Michelle Mone and Ian McGeechan were among those honoured

Lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone and rugby legend Ian McGeechan head the roll call of Scots in the New Year Honours list.

Ms Mone, 37, who created the Ultimo underwear brand, said she was "honoured and delighted" to be appointed an OBE for services to business.

Others honoured include composer Craig Armstrong and North Berwick golfer Catriona Matthew.

Mr McGeechan, the former Scotland and British Lions coach, is to be knighted for his glittering career in rugby.

The Leeds-born coach captained Scotland in the 1970s and led the national team to a Grand Slam triumph in 1990.

It's incredibly overwhelming and makes it all worth it
Michelle Mone

He said he was "extremely proud" to receive the honour, adding: "My passion for rugby and for sporting excellence remains undimmed."

Ms Mone is a regular on TV, including making appearances on the BBC's The Apprentice.

The mother-of-three said she was "absolutely thrilled, honoured and delighted" by her honour.

"Leaving school at 15 years old, never would I have dreamed that I would be recognised in this way," she said.

"It's incredibly overwhelming and makes it all worth it."

Catriona Matthew, who won the Women's British Open weeks after giving birth to her second daughter in the summer, becomes an MBE.

She said: "This is a wonderful surprise and a fantastic end to what has been a very special year in so many ways."

Craig Armstrong
Craig Armstrong has won awards for his film scores

Veteran Scottish Football Association doctor Professor Stewart Hillis is appointed an OBE for services to sport and medicine.

In the world of music, classical conductor James Loughran becomes a CBE, while Craig Armstrong, a composer of modern orchestral music and film scores, is made an OBE.

The Glasgow-born musician has previously won awards for his work on films including Romeo And Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Quiet American.

Graham Taylor, the music director of the City of Glasgow Chorus choir, is appointed an MBE.

In business, Deirdre Anderson, director of Edinburgh-based royal kiltmakers Kinloch Anderson becomes an OBE for services to the textile industry.

Mrs Anderson, from Longniddry in East Lothian, said: "It's a fantastic honour. You always think, why me? There are lots of good people who do a lot of important things and put a lot back into society."

Catriona Matthews
Catriona Matthews said it had been a very special year

She believed the catalyst for the honour had been the Scottish tartan register, which she helped set up.

The former chairman of the Crown Estate, Ian Grant, from Blairgowrie in Perthshire, is also knighted. He had previously been appointed a CBE.

Former Scottish Enterprise chief executive Jack Perry becomes a CBE.

Professor Alan Alexander, a local government expert from Strathclyde University, has been awarded an OBE.

Prof Alexander is a former chairman at Scottish Water and has appeared as a pundit on BBC Scotland election programmes.

Unsung heroes are also recognised in the honours list.

Mountain rescue leader Gerry Akroyd, from the Isle of Skye, becomes an MBE, as does Fife-based rescue volunteer Rod Stoddart.


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Mary George, former catering supervisor at Crossroads Primary School, Keith, and Peter McFall, the janitor at St Peter's Primary School, Dumbarton, also receive the same honour for services to education.

Mrs George, 54, who had served up meals for 26 years, said: "I had to read the letter a few times before it really sunk in. It's such an honour."

Terry McLernon, who runs a hugely successful table tennis club in Glasgow's Drumchapel housing scheme, is appointed an MBE.

And former Lockerbie councillor Marjory McQueen, who has regularly spoken on behalf of the town in the aftermath of the 1988 airliner bombing, is given the same honour for her services to the community.

Craftsman Sandy Orr, from Alloa, is also awarded an MBE for dedicating more than three decades of his life to caring for the graves of the UK's war dead.

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