Royal honour for Brechin volunteer

Pictured is Marjorie Smith from Brechin, carrying the baton in Kirriemuir
Pictured is Marjorie Smith from Brechin, carrying the baton in Kirriemuir

A summer to remember for Brechin woman, Marjorie Smith continued on a high note recently when she was presented with the British Empire Medal she was awarded in the New Year’s Honours List.

Marjorie of Argyll Street was presented with the award in recognition of her many services to the community by Angus Lord Lieutenant Mrs Georgiana Osborne.

Speaking of Marjorie’s work, Mrs Osborne said she had made an “immeasurable difference” to the many organisations she had represented over the past four decades.

The award ceremony came just two weeks after Marjorie was further honoured by being selected to carry the Queen’s Baton when it journeyed through Kirriemuir.

“I was surprised and delighted when I heard I had been awarded the BEM,” Marjorie said.

“I am now 79 and retired from many of the organisations I have been involved with but I really enjoyed doing the many different things I was involved in. These organisations were part of my life and I really enjoyed my time with them,” she added.

Over many years Marjorie was involved with Friends of Stracathro, Macmillan Cancer Relief, the Don Trust (which was responsible for establishing a small palliative care unit at Brechin Infirmary) and the Tayside Public Partnership Health Group for Angus.

“Among my happiest memories are my days spent with the Guiding Association in Angus - especially my days camping at Ladenford Den camping centre which I was involved with from its conception,” she added.

Marjorie is a former District Commissioner and President of Angus Guiding.

A trained nurse and former chiropodist she is still a member of the congregation of Brechin Cathedral and has served on the council of the Society of Friends of the Cathedral.