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THE NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST: LOCAL HEROES - Ordinary folk hit heights.

IT'S not only the great and the good who were honoured by the Queen as ordinary, dedicated, hardworking Scots were also singled out for national recognition for their tireless service to communities.

Amongst them is a modest Scottish police officer who has been awarded the MBE for services to the force.

Grampian Police's Neil Montgomery, 46, said last night: "I am quite bowled over by this."

PC Montgomery was heavily involved in the horrific case of a man who scalped a woman as he acted out his obsession for stroking and cutting hair.

Twisted Leonard Bowie, 64, inflicted horrendous injuries with a cut-throat razor on an unsuspecting woman for thrills - and then sexually molested a second after touching her hair.

He was jailed for eight years in March 2002, but died in September.

And a popular school janitor told of his double delight at receiving an MBE.

Hardworking Eric Ross, 49, of Grange Primary, Bo'ness, West Lothian, was stunned.

He said: "I got this letter and I just thought somebody was pulling a fast one.

"I've got two or three mates who would play that kind of trick on me!"

Govan shipyard convener Jamie Webster said he was delighted with his MBE.

He said: "I hope this reflects well on the shipbuilding industry on the Clyde and brings some more prestige to it.

"I just an ordinary working guy and I am proud of my industry and my city."

A hardworking nurse who has dedicated the last 30 years to her profession is also awarded the MBE.

Myra Minty has spent the majority of her career working in the Intensive Care Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

And Eileen Caddy, 86, receives an MBE for her services to spiritual inquiry, setting up the Findhorn Foundation in 1972 with her late husband Peter.

The famous Morayshire community, where Waterboys frontman Mike Scott spent time recuperating has also been home to thousands of residents from more than 40 countries.

Sporting Great grandmother Jenny Wood Allen, 92, of Dundee, who took up running in her 70s and completed more than 30 marathons and raised pounds 40,000 for charity receives an MBE.

And Headteacher Joseph Leiper at Oldmachar Academy in Aberdeen is honoured for services to education.


DELIGHTED: PC Montgomery
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 31, 2003
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