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Beatles photographer becomes CBE

Harry Benson
Harry Benson is best known for his 1960s Beatles photographs

Glasgow-born photographer, Harry Benson, has been made a CBE in the New Year Honours list.

The photojournalist, best known for his pictures of the Beatles and the US civil rights movement, was recognised for his services to photography.

Mr Benson, 77, has photographed every US president since the early 1960s as well as Hollywood's most iconic stars.

Others from the west of Scotland to receive honours included a head teacher from Lanarkshire and a blind cyclist.

Isabelle Boyd, 51, head at Cardinal Newman High School, Bellshill, was recognised for services to education.

During her six years at the school there have been major improvements in attendance and exam performance.

She said: "I am delighted to receive this award not only in recognition of my own work but the work of all the community at Cardinal Newman.

"I am looking forward to celebrating with my family and colleagues."

I never ever dreamed of this - I've certainly never looked for praise - and it does make you feel quite humble
Douglas MacNeilage MBE
Retired school janitor
Blind cyclist Aileen McGlynn, 35, from Glasgow, who won double gold at the Paralympics, was appointed an OBE, as was Stephen Park, who managed the successful British Olympic sailing team, and singer-songwriter John Martyn, who grew up in Glasgow.

Retired school janitor Douglas MacNeilage, 65, who has helped raise funds for various groups in his native Tobermory on Mull was made an MBE for services to education and the community.

Mr MacNeilage said he was "gobsmacked" to find himself among the high-profile names on the honours list.

He added: "You read about these honours every year and you think about people like doctors who save lives and other people doing great things.

"I never ever dreamed of this - I've certainly never looked for praise - and it does make you feel quite humble."

Pleasant surprise

Champion rower and charity fundraiser, Owen McGhee, from Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire, said he thought his MBE letter from the Queen was his driving licence.

The 70-year-old said that when he opened the envelope with a royal postmark he was pleasantly surprised to realise he was being honoured for his contribution to rowing and his work with the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

He said: "I'd recently had to reapply for my driving licence to be renewed, so I thought it might be that.

"I had no inclination or expectation that I would be receiving this, so it is a delight and of course a great honour."

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