ARISE SIR KENNY
PRIDE OF GLASGOW HONOURED IN QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY LIST:
SCOTTISH football legend Kenny Dalglish has been given a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours ... and joked that he thought the letter was from the taxman.
The star Scot has been honoured for his role in helping the families of the Hillsborough disaster.
The former Celtic and Liverpool player dedicated his knighthood to his family and everyone involved in his career after admitting it “doesn’t feel right” receiving the personal accolade.
Sir Kenny was manager at Anfield at the time of the disaster, which resulted in 96 Liverpool fans being crushed to death at an FA Cup semifinal on April 15, 1989.
He said he was “hugely proud to have accepted the accolade” for services to football, charity and the City of Liverpool.
The 67-year-old and his wife Marina have also helped raise millions of pounds for cancer treatment through the Marina Dalglish Appeal after she suffered breast cancer.
Joking that he thought the letter informing him of the knighthood had been from the taxman, he added of the achievement: “We only set out to do the best we possibly could, even through all the other stuff – the charity or Hillsborough, it was to help people because somebody helped us.”
Joining the footballer on the list is a Glasgow librarian who has dedicated her retirement to helping refugees.
Professor Josephine Haythornwaite said she was “blown away” to receive an OBE for services to asylum seekers in the city.
The 79-year-old began volunteering after taking early retirement from Glasgow Caledonian University at 61.
After initially taking part in four overseas missions, where she set up libraries in disadvantaged countries including Thailand, Vietnam and Ethiopia, Ms Haythornwaite turned her attention to Scotland.
The Partick resident, who managed to keep her award a secret from friends and family, said: “I got involved with refugees because I’m a curious person. I like to know what other people’s lives are like and I like meeting people from other countries and finding out about their culture.
“In many ways, people are totally the same – they love their family and children, they care about much the same things. It’s fascinating.
“I’ve got my 80th birthday this month and the party list runs at 60 and I think there are at least 16 nationalities. The buffet will feature food from at least seven or eight countries – what a joy that is.
fter the plight of the refugees came to Josephine’s attention, she decided to join the Maryhill Integration Network which was then in its early stages.
In the years since, she has played a very active role in the integration of refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, and ethnic minority groups within local communities.
She provides accommodation in her own home as a member of Positive Action in Housing and has welcomed in women from several different nationalities while travelling to London to support asylum seekers with their lawyers.
Despite being nominated by her colleagues, the selfless volunteer says the real “hard work” is done by the paid staff and director at the MIN.
“I have to say I feel a bit of a fraud because the real hard work is done by the paid staff and our director.”
Also celebrating today is Willie McCurrach, who was also awarded an OBE for services to education in the hospitality industry.
The teacher has become a familiar face at the City of Glasgow College, having worked there for over 40-years and can claim the title of Masterchef of Masterchefs, having taught the show’s winner Gary Maclean.
He said the honour was “absolutely incredible”.
He added: “I don’t deserve it at all. It’s been the most difficult secret to keep from everyone.
“I’ve been in the job for 50 years and I still love it. I love seeing the students move forward and I enjoy nurturing their skills while they’re here.
“Seeing their knowledge develop and being able to work with such incredible staff is the real honour.”
Dr Sadhu-Ram Gupta received an MBE for his tireless work in improving ophthalmic services within Inverclyde, and for setting up his well-known Drishti Eye Camps which returned the gift of sight to thousands of patients in some of the world’s most deprived communities.
The surgeon came to the UK in 1974, firstly to Belfast, before settling in Greenock in 1981, where he led the ophthalmic team at Inverclyde Royal Hospital until his retirement in 2011.
We only set out to do the best we possibly could
Kenny Dalglish has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list released today
Kenny Dalglish is now one of the few footballers who have been honoured with a knighthood
Willie McCurrach has been awarded an OBE
Kenny has worked tirelessly on behalf of families and victims of the Hillsborough disaster
Kenny and wife Marina have helped raise millions of pounds for cancer treatment through the Marina Dalglish Appeal