Rothesay resident Elizabeth Speirs has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours list in recognition of her community work on Bute.
Elizabeth’s volunteer work started at the age of ten when she became a member of the local Red Cross branch - an organisation she’s still involved with today.
She was also the founding captain of the 1st Rothesay Company of the Girls’ Brigade 34 years ago, is the current captain of the 1st Rothesay Company of the Boys’ Brigade and is a local fundraiser for Erskine, the charity for former service personnel, following in the footsteps of her late mother, Jean Kerr, who started an Erskine fund-raising operation on the island more than 40 years ago.
In addition she is an elder of long standing at Trinity Church in Rothesay, where she was clerk to the church’s congregational board for ten years.
“You don’t do any of these things for recognition,” Elizabeth said. “I’ve got as much out of all these things as I’ve ever put in, and I get a great deal of satisfaction from them all.”