Aboyne man Ian on Honours list

A WELL-KNOWN Deeside man was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List announced last weekend.

Ian Smith, from Aboyne, received his award for services to the Scottish water industry, having spent over 30 years ensuring the water supply to Deeside was kept flowing.

The 58-year-old, who stays in Aboyne with his wife Edith, spent 32 years with Scottish Water and its predecessors, much of the time based at the Invercannie Water Treatment Works, outside Banchory.

He took early retirement a year and a half ago but still works as a consultant within the water industry.

The father of two said he was delighted with the honour which comes just six months after he received another top award.

In January, Mr Smith was named the Aboyne and Upper Deeside Rotary Club's Citizen of the Year for a lifetime's dedication a different kind of pipes to the ones he worked with one a daily basis.

Six nights each week, for more than 20 years, Mr Smith has welcomed pipers — aged seven to 60 —into his home to pass on the skills and knowledge he has acquired over 50 years of playing the bagpipes. He takes no money for his tutorials.

His passion for the pipes led him to form the Ballater and District Pipe Band in 1993 and he was appointed Pipe Major of the band in October last year.

Also recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list was a joiner from the Balmoral Estate, who received the Royal Victorian Medal in recognition of his 22 years service.

Stephen Grassick, 45, lives on the estate with his wife Linda and two children Mark and Lorna. He is one of two joiners responsible for the general maintenance of Balmoral.

A doctor who is based in Cults was also honoured in the list, receiving an CBE. Dr Dorothy Moir was recognised for services to public health medicine. She is currently the director of public health at NHS Lanarkshire.

Amongst the celebrities honoured in the list were Scots comedian Billy Connolly, who was made a CBE and James Bond star Roger Moore who received a knighthood.