Western Isles first recipients of British Empire Medals

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The first recipients of the British Empire Medals in the Western Isles were presented to two Barra residents at a recent presentation in Castlebay.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the Western Isles, Alexander Matheson OBE, presented BEM medals to Jessie MacNeil of Bruernish and Peggy Ann Campbell of Vatersay at a function in the Castlebay Hotel, which was attended by members of the respective families and friends as well as members of the Lieutenancy, who were having their Annual General Meeting in Barra.

Mrs MacNeil was awarded the BEM in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours’ List for her contribution to enhancing and developing services to the Barra community over the past forty years. These services included the community swimming pool, the Co Chomunn, Guth Bharraigh and the community minibus.

Mrs Campbell’s award, which was announced in the June Birthday Honours’ List, was for services to the postal service and the community in Vatersay. As postmistress for fifty years, Mrs Campbell was heavily involved in establishing the community shop in Vatersay and has always felt a responsibility for supporting her local community in any way she can. She has been actively involved in local and regional fund raising campaigns.

Pictured are Mrs MacNeil (left) and Mrs Campbell (right) being presented with their awards by the Lord-Lieutenant, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.