Royal honour for Alison

Retired Lasswade High school teacher, Alison Purkins receives the British Empire Medal for her commitment to girlguiding from the Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian, Sir Robert Clerk.
Retired Lasswade High school teacher, Alison Purkins receives the British Empire Medal for her commitment to girlguiding from the Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian, Sir Robert Clerk.

Retired Lasswade High school teacher Alison Purkins has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her commitment to girlguiding.

Mrs Purkins was presented with the honour by the Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian, Sir Robert Clerk, at a special ceremony in Roslin on Saturday.

She said: “It has been a very proud and special day, which I have enjoyed sharing with my family and friends.”

The Lord Lieutenant added: “I am delighted that Alison Purkins’ very longstanding commitment to girlguiding has been recognised through this award; her voluntary service for the benefit of young people will be an inspiration to others who so generously give their time and their talents to support organisations such as the Guides which are so valuable today.”

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