The British Empire Medal

Pat Millar, pictured on a recent visit to a Queen's garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Pat Millar, pictured on a recent visit to a Queen's garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

An Arbroath volunteer who has dedicated herself to many of the town’s causes has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Pat Millar, a former chair of Arbroath Community Council and a member of the Arbroath Fairtrade Action Group, has received the British Empire Medal for her services to the Care Inspectorate.

Mrs Millar is part of the ‘Involving People’ group, which advises the Care Inspectorate about those in care and their carers.

And it is her second royal seal of approval as last year she was invited to a royal garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh which was hosted by Her Majesty.

Mrs Millar will attend a ceremony soon to receive her medal but was delighted to be recognised with such an honour.

She said: “I have to say I’m very honoured and also very humbled to be receiving this award.

“Her Majesty has seen fit to award me this gong in the Birthday Honours List and I’m delighted.

“It is good to know that ordinary folk like myself are also given the chance to be recognised.

“I have known about it for over a month now so it has been hard trying not to say anything.

“When I found out I was over joyed but it was also a bitter sweet moment as my husband recently passed away and I know he would have been very very proud.

“But even though it is my name on the award it is really for the whole team as I have always been a team player.”

Mrs Millar’s recognition comes as part of her work with the Care Inspectorate.

They are the independent body in charge of inspecting and supporting the improvement of care, social work and child protection services for the benefit of the people who use them.

They work with organisations such as local authorities, businesses, voluntary organisations and charities.

Mrs Millar added: “I have worked within Arbroath for many years now with organisations such as the community council as I like to get involved with the fabric of community life.

“I never think about receiving awards or anything. It is just about giving something back to the community.”

Mrs Millar will now wait to find out where and when she will receive her medal.