TALENTED and dedicated individuals from Levenmouth and the East Neuk have featured heavily in the Queen’s Birthday honours for 2013.
Heading up the list, North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell was given the Order of the Companions of Honour for his public and political service.
Brought up in Glasgow and a former Olympic sprinter, he became chairman of Scottish Liberal Party in 1975 and a Q.C. in 1982.
In 1987 he won the North East Fife seat and has held it ever since. He was the leader of the Liberal Democrats from March 2006 until October 2007.
Mary Parry, of MyBus in Leven, Jennifer di Folco, a former head of art at Kirkland High School, and Duncan Glass, an East Wemyss fishing conservationist, were all awarded the British Empire Medal.
Mrs Parry was honoured for services to the economy and the community in Levenmouth. She said: “It was a shock – I was just doing what I’ve always done. After the shock, there was pride. It was pride in everyone who is involved in what we do.”
A former manager at community transport scheme MoBus, Mrs Parry bought its four buses out of her own money at auction following its collapse in 2009 to set up MyBus.
It has become an integral member of the community, having added to the transport side of the business and focusing on social enterprise.
MyBus has been responsible for opening a craft hut in Letham Glen, carrying out various street/beach clean-ups, offering work experience and employment opportunities to local people and reopening Scoonie Bowling Club.
Jennifer di Folco, of Anstruther, was honoured for services to art education in Scotland. She said she was “absolutely thrilled and delighted” to receive the award.
Mrs di Folco, who recalled her time at Kirkland very fondly, was involved in showcasing art work by Scottish school pupils at key venues and later received the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s top honour. At the 2005 G8 summit in Gleneagles, she was asked to choose art work to present to the wives of world leaders.
Duncan Glass was honoured for voluntary service to salmon conservation on the River Tay, where he is an adviser to the Tay Ghillies Association.