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Scottish Figures Honored in King’s Birthday Honours List

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Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, along with ex-Scotland international footballers Graeme Souness and Ally McCoist, are among the Scots recognized in the King’s Birthday Honours list.

Mr. Brown becomes a Companion of Honour for public and charitable services in the UK and abroad. Graeme Souness is made a CBE for services to football and charity, while Ally McCoist receives an MBE. Golfers Sandy Lyle and Stephen Gallacher also receive OBEs and MBEs respectively.

Writer Armando Iannucci, known for creating TV satire ‘The Thick of It’, is awarded a CBE for services to film and television.

Jasmin Paris, an ultra-marathon runner from Gorebridge, Midlothian, is made an MBE for services to fell running, following her remarkable achievement in completing one of the world’s toughest ultra marathons.

Historian Professor Sir Niall Ferguson, recognized for his work on the hit series ‘Empire: How Britain Made The Modern World’, is knighted.

Jane Spiers, chairwoman of the National Theatre of Scotland, is made an OBE for her services to culture in Scotland.

John Beveridge, a volunteer instrumental in restoring the PS Waverley paddle steamer, is awarded an MBE for his services to paddle steamer preservation and charity.

Myrna Bernard, a grandmother honored with the BEM for services to the Jewish community and the disabled in Scotland, expresses her delight at the recognition.

Hannah Beaton-Hawryluk, who gave up her job to aid the humanitarian response to the Ukraine invasion, is made an MBE for her services to the Ukrainian community in Scotland.

Gerald Lobley, recognized for his 50-year dedication to teaching chess in Scotland, receives an MBE for his services to chess in the country.

Football personalities such as Alan Hansen and Erik ten Hag are also mentioned, reflecting on their careers and current situations.

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