El­iz­a­beth leads the way with BEM

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An award in the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours List hit the right note for a re­tired Wishaw mu­sic teacher.

El­iz­a­beth Pear­son re­ceived the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal (BEM) for ser­vices to mu­sic and ed­u­ca­tion in La­nark­shire.

The 74-year-old old taught mu­sic in many schools in La­nark­shire but par­tic­u­larly in Air­drie, East Kil­bride and Hamil­ton.

She was also an SQA ex­am­iner, an ex­ter­nal ex­am­iner for Glas­gow Uni­ver­sity and the The Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land, for­merly the Royal Scot­tish Acad­emy of Mu­sic and Drama, and a mem­ber of the Mu­sic sub­ject panel.

She de­scribed re­ceiv­ing the pres­ti­gious award as‘un­be­liev­able’.

She said:“I only wish my mum and dad could have been here to see it. “They would have been thrilled.” Mrs Pear­son is ex­pected to col­lect her award at a cer­e­mony in Ed­in­burgh later this year prior to attending a gar­den party at Buck­ing­ham Palace in 2019.

Away from teach­ing she has been in­volved over many years in mu­si­cally di­rect­ing shows with Hamil­ton Oper­atic and Dra­matic Club in par­tic­u­lar, Our Lady’s Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety in Mother­well and Car­luke Oper­atic So­ci­ety.

Hamil­ton ODC sec­re­tary Ann Gar­diner was full of praise for El­iz­a­beth’s work.

“It couldn’t hap­pen to a nicer per­son,” said Ann.

“Any­one who knows her will tell you that. No-one was sur­prised when we found out the news. “She re­ally de­serves it.” Mrs Pear­son was not the only lo­cal who re­ceived recog­ni­tion in the Hon­ours List.

Car­luke woman Gill Mur­ray’s years of char­ity fundrais­ing were recog­nised with an MBE.

Mum-of-two Gill and her team have raised around £165,000 for Can­cer Re­search UK and kids char­ity Ac­tion Med­i­cal Re­search.

Gill ad­mit­ted it was the per­fect birth­day present hav­ing turned 53 last week.

She said:“I found out four weeks ago so it’s a long time to keep a se­cret es­pe­cially for some­one like me who likes a blether!

“I held my first fundrais­ing event when I was 14 and I was still at school.

“Since then I’ve worked for Can­cer Re­search for 22 years and Ac­tion Med­i­cal Re­search for the last 16 years.

“All my fam­ily are ab­so­lutely de­lighted. They do a lot of work and I can’t thank them enough.

“Although I have re­ceived the award, the money raised would not be pos­si­ble with­out all my team of helpers.

“This award is for them and every­one in the com­mu­nity who sup­ports our events.”

An­other Car­luke man, William Dodds, re­ceived a CBE for pub­lic ser­vice. Mr Dodds is the head of build­ing stan­dards with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

De­lighted Fundraiser Gill Mur­ray

Un­be­liev­able El­iz­a­beth said be­ing hon­oured was a sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence

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