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Demarco made CBE in honours list
Richard Demarco
Richard Demarco was made a CBE for his services to the arts
A number of leading figures in Edinburgh and the Lothians have been honoured in the Queen's New Year list.

Professor Richard Demarco, 76, was made a CBE for his services to the Scottish arts world.

There was an MBE for retired milkman George Bell, 60, who worked the same round in East Lothian for 34 years.

Renowned Edinburgh architect Richard Murphy was made an OBE and East Lothian Provost Patrick O'Brien was made an OBE for services to local government.

Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith became a CBE for his services to literature.

Mr Demarco, who is already an OBE, was born in Portobello near Edinburgh in 1930.

He has been one of Scotland's most influential advocates for contemporary art through his work at the Richard Demarco Gallery and the Demarco European Art Foundation.

He was co-founder of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1963.

Three years later he and other organisers of the gallery space left the Traverse to establish what became the Richard Demarco Gallery.




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