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Queen's honours for Highlanders
Assynt
Assynt usually sees six or seven mountain rescues a year
The leader of a mountain rescue team covering one of Scotland's most remote areas has been appointed an MBE.

Willie Marshall has been a member of Assynt MRT since the 1980s and has led the rescuers since 1993.

Others recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours include David Green, who has become an OBE for services to crofting and local government.

Kinlochleven couple John and Dorothy Blair have been appointed MBEs for many years of voluntary work.

Kenneth Maclennan has become an MBE for services to the community in Breasclete and Callanish, Lewis.

It is the result of hard work by a lot of people and I see this as an honour for the team
Willie Marshall

The same honour has gone to Janet McEwan for her community work in Wick.

Mr Marshall said his honour was thanks to the team's efforts.

He said: "I am very pleased and obviously surprised.

"It is the result of hard work by a lot of people and I see this as an honour for the team."

The 60-year-old engineer said that unlike other teams, Assynt was not inundated with call-outs, dealing with six or seven incidents a year.

He said: "Teams covering other areas such as the Cairngorms and Glencoe can get that many in a month.

"It's because Assynt is so remote and we don't get so many people. Those who do come here to climb the hills are usually pretty competent."




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