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Family, friends and colleagues came together to share a special occasion as Margaret Mather received her BEM.
Amid the opulence of the Inveraray Castle drawing room, Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute Patrick Stewart presented Margaret with the gold badge, awarded in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the community in Inveraray.
She has worked at the Argyll Estates offices since 1984 and served as secretary of Inveraray Highland Games for 26 years until 2016.
Among a number of voluntary roles she has taken on since moving across Loch Fyne from Strachur in 1974, Margaret was a founder member of Inveraray and District Accordion and Fiddle Club, which thrives to this day.
‘I am honoured to receive the BEM,’ said Margaret after the ceremony on Friday October 27. ‘You never think about anything like this happening. My real reward though has been seeing events like Inveraray Games become a big success.
‘Over the years I have worked with so many enthusiastic people on the various committees I have been involved with and couldn’t have done my bit without their support – and I have made lovely friends along the way.’
In the same honours list, announced in June, Reverend Dr Roderick MacLeod of Furnace received an MBE for services to the Gaelic language and voluntary service in Argyll. Another recipient of the BEM was Anne Masino, Inveraray, for voluntary service to young people through the UK Scout Association.
The Lord Lieutenant formally presents the BEM to Margaret Mather. 06_a44Margaretbem03
Proud husband Ally with Margaret and her BEM medal. 06_a44Margaretbem07