OBE Honour for Kenny Maciver

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Gaelic broadcasting veteran Kenny Maciver (pictured) has been honoured with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The title was given for Mr Maciver’s services to Gaelic Broadcasting and to the community in the Western Isles.

Mr Maciver said: “This is something I certainly didn’t expect and it is a strange feeling. I have spent my life putting other people in the spotlight and being very good at avoiding it.”

In addition to more than 40-years service to broadcasting the honour recognises his long serving community work which includes three terms as an elected councillor, a member of the Stornoway Trust for 20-years including six-years as Chairman and co-founding the community newspaper the Loch a’Tuath news.

“I’m humbled by it all but all the work I’ve done in the community are things I’ve wanted to do and I was never forced to do anything. I just wanted to try and help the community prosper.

“I couldn’t have done anything over the years without the help of many other people in both broadcasting and the community.

“With my Gaelic broadcasting I wanted show Gaelic is a language which can be used about anything, to talk about any subject.”

Also honoured is John Murdo Morrison, with an MBE, for services to the community.