The AACT group are delighted to say that their interim convenor, Robin Harper, has been awarded the OBE at the recent investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Robin was the first Green Party member to be elected as an M.S.P., and has received the award for his services to Nature Conservation and Public Life.
I was surprised and confused when the letter from the Chancery dropped through our box way back in June. I have no huge achievements to boast of, just a lot of jobs done to the best of my ability for environmental, theatre and music charities and children’s organisations over the 46 years I have been in Edinburgh, from board to volunteer level. So I counted up how many organisations, and, when I got to 30, I thought, “Well, as long as I keep going, I feel that perhaps I should acceptthe hard work that a lot of friends must have put in to making the application. I am indeed hugely grateful for, and somewhat humbled by, their efforts.”