Port of­fi­cer is hon­oured at meet­ing with the Queen

The Oban Times - - News -

A CALMAC port as­sis­tant was in­vited to join Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh at an ex­clu­sive gath­er­ing at the start of the month.

John Mac­Don­ald, who has worked for CalMac for 10 years and is based at Lochmaddy Port Of­fice, was one of just 30 Scots in­vited to the re­cep­tion at the Palace of Holy­rood­house in recog­ni­tion of his work to bring to­gether an ar­chive of David MacBrayne arte­facts and mem­o­ra­bilia.

The Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh spent time chat­ting with each of the in­vi­tees about their in­di­vid­ual achieve­ments.

Mr Mac­Don­ald said: ‘I spoke to both the Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh in­di­vid­u­ally.

‘The Queen was very nice and in­ter­ested in what I had done.

‘The Duke of Ed­in­burgh was very chatty and had a great sense of hu­mour.’

He went on: ‘It was a real sur­prise. I hadn’t known any­thing about it un­til about a week be­fore.

‘The day I got home to find the in­vi­ta­tion – which is now part of the ex­hi­bi­tion at the port of­fice – I felt hon­oured and re­ally proud that the ar­chive and ex­hi­bi­tion had caught some­one’s at­ten­tion to the ex­tent that they nom­i­nated me as a CalMac rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

‘It was a real day to re­mem­ber and I’m hum­bled to have had the op­por­tu­nity’ he added.

John Mac­Don­ald met the Queen.

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