Local heroes are medal winners

Irene is presented with her medal.

Irene is presented with her medal.

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Two dedicated ladies have been honoured with the Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) at a distinguished ceremony.

The award recognises achievement or contribution of a very ‘hands-on’ service to the community that merits public recognition.

A total of four medals were presented at an event held at Kilmardinny House, in Bearsden.

HM Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, Rear Admiral Michael Gregory OBE, presented Irene Fyfe, from Kirkintilloch, with a medal for services to hearing impaired people. She was accompanied at the ceremony by her hearing dog Muffin.

Frances Tran, from Bishopbriggs was also honoured for services to social work.

The awards were announced as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced in June this year.

Attending were the Vice Lord Lieutenant, Miss Gill Aitkenhead MBE, four Deputy Lieutenants who read out the personal Citations, and 60 family members and friends.

The Investiture was hosted by East Dunbartonshire’s Provost Una Walker.

Rear Admiral Michael Gregory said “I was absolutely delighted to have the honour to Invest these wonderful ladies with their British Empire Medals.

“They are a shining example of the volunteer and the selfless help for many other people.”

Provost Una Walker said: “I was honoured to host the Royal Investiture, on behalf of East Dunbartonshire Council.

“I was humbled by the achievements of these remarkable women who are most worthy recipients of the British Empire Medal .

“Their dedication and commitment has enriched the lives of the people they help.”

If you would like to nominate somebody for the British Empire Medal you can do so at www.lordlieutenantdunbartonshire.co.uk