Do you know someone in your area who deserves a National Honour?

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Every year – twice a year in fact – National Honours, such as OBE, MBE, BEM are awarded to people who have committed themselves to helping others above and beyond the call of duty, and made life better in a variety of different ways, and almost always in a voluntary role.

If you have ever wondered how it all works, you might be surprised to know that anyone can make a nomination.

You can be a friend, relative, acquaintance, colleague or simply a member of a club or association, but if you are aware of someone who deserves public recognition for what they are doing, then you can start the process.

In the Lieutenancy of Dunbartonshire there is an Honours & Awards Committee, which is set up to assist all nominations within the Lieutenancy boundary, which eventually go to Buckingham Palace for approval by Her Majesty The Queen.

For further information about the awards process you can contact the Clerk of the Lieutenancy by e-mail at

bindyhamilton@hotmail.com or phone 01436 810209 in the evening, and you will be put in touch with the committee chairman.