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

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