Pride, delight, shock and surprise at New Year Honours

Bert Allan
Bert Allan

Fifers have been expressing their shock and delight at having their achievements recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for 2014.

They were given their awards for their many years of hard work in their chosen professions.

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson from Kirkcaldy was given an OBE for 41 years of public service in security at the Scottish Parliament before retiring at the end of November.

He said: “I started in 1973 and stayed there as I really enjoyed it.”

Brian’s award was also in recognition of the huge amount of voluntary work he carried out in swimming, ice hockey, and football, as well as helping out at the Kirkcaldy Polish Club and Dunnikier Estate Community Association.

The 59-year-old he was “very proud” to receive the OBE. “My family are very proud too.

Barbara Page

Barbara Page

“It was a total surprise and great recognition.”

Two Fife healthcare professionals have been awarded MBEs.

Joan Taylor, from Glenrothes, a community midwife with NHS Fife, was awarded an MBE for services in complementary therapies.

She has worked for the health authority for 41 years and spent many of them as a community midwife at Kirkcaldy’s Forth Park maternity hospital.

Joan Taylor

Joan Taylor

The 65-year-old has a particular interest in complementary therapies and combines her many years of experience as midwife, using reflextherapy, massage and aromatherapy to help relieve the pressure symptoms of pregnancy, ease morning sickness and reduce stress for women trying to get pregnant or those caring for a newborn baby.

She said: “I am really overwhelmed and would like to thank those who nominated me for the honour.

“I have known for a wee while and it has been such a difficult secret to keep.”

Also receiving an MBE is Barbara Page (69), from Kinghorn, who has been honoured for services to Dermatological Nursing. Barbara was awarded the British Dermatology Nurse of the Year in 2005 and is also founder and honorary chair of the Scottish Dermatological Nursing Society.

Tony Finn

Tony Finn

She said: “I am delighted to have been firstly nominated, and subsequently awarded an MBE and consider it a great honour, not only for nursing in general but for NHS Fife.”

Anthony Finn has been awarded a CBE for services to education. The former chief executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland has had a varied career which included 17 years as headteacher at Kirkcaldy’s St Andrew’s High School.

The 62-year-old who was born and brought up in Ayrshire described the award as “a great honour”.

He added: “I have worked throughout my career with many highly committed and inspiring colleagues who deserve recognition.

“I dedicate this award to them, to the wider educational community and to my family, especially to my late parents, for their constant, unswerving encouragement and support.”

Lochgelly comedian and fundraiser Bert Allan is to receive a BEM for services to the community.

The former miner said: “This is very nice.

“It’s my 50th year as a comedian so it’s a nice way to mark it.

“I turned 70 last year and I though of retiring, but I enjoy it so much.

“If anyone asks me to come and perform at a fundraising event I’m happy to do it because I just love it so much.

“It’s very nice to be recognised in this way.”