Elizabeth leads the way with BEM
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