Falkirk’s own honoured for years of faithful service

Elinor Milne, recipient of BEM in Birthday Honours
Elinor Milne, recipient of BEM in Birthday Honours
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A hat-trick of awards for people connected with the Falkirk area were announced in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours last weekend’.

Retired schoolteacher Elinor Milne of Falkirk and Sandy Jack, originally of Grangemouth, both receive British Empire Medals, while former Central Scotland Chief Constable Kevin Smith becomes a Commander of the British Empire.

Mrs Milne (74) is recognised for her services to The Seagull Trust and the Falkirk community, while Mr Jack’s award is for his services to the Scouting movement.

Born and brought up in Falkirk, Mrs Milne has always lived close to the Union Canal and was keen to see the waterway used by the community. In 1982 when the Falkirk branch of The Seagull Trust was being set up she became a member – and worked tirelessly on the committee for the next 30 years.

She spent 10 years as chairwoman and, although now retired from the committee, continues to help out crewing the boats which offer people with special needs an opportunity to enjoy the canal.

Married to David, she has two grown-up children, Donald and Diane, and spent the last 20 years of her working life at Comely Park Primary School. She also previously worked in Bonnybridge, Slamannan and Camelon primary schools.

Speaking from her home in Gartcows Drive, Mrs Milne said: “I was absolutely delighted to receive this award but very surprised. However, I am really pleased the work of The Seagull Trust is being recognised.”

A lifetime of involvement with the Scouting movement was acknowledged with Mr Jack’s award of a BEM.

Now living in Kennet, Clackmannanshire, he is the current chairman of Forth Region. He was one of the organisrs of the regional expeditions to Tanzania in 2007 and Namibia in 2009 and a spokesman said he has been “the backbone of many Scouting events in Falkirk”.

Acknowledging his award, Mr Smith said: “It was quite a surprise but a great delight to receive a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. I had a hugely rewarding career in the police service and anything that I achieved came as a result of the combined efforts of a great many people in the police but also in the local authorities, NHS, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and other emergency services.”