Midlothian names in the New Year’s Honours list

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Midlothian’s top cop Jeanette McDiarmid is among a handful of Midlothian’s finest who have been named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

A police officer for more than 30 years, Chief Superintendent McDiarmid, Police Scotland’s Commander for The Lothians and Scottish Borders Division, has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in recognition of her distinguished service to policing.

Meanwhile Meadowbank Gymnastics Club’s head coach Margaret Bisset (pictured) has been awarded an MBE for services to Gymnastics.

From Gorebridge, ‘Maggie’ established the club at Meadowbank in 1971, the first of its kind in Edinburgh and the longest running in Scotland.

A Scottish champion herself in the 60s, Maggie also coaches at Lasswade Centre. Having taught PE at Leith Academy for 19 years, she went on to become depute head at Gracemount High School where she worked for 20 years before retiring in 2010, giving her more time for gymnastics.

Also receiving an MBE is Dalkeith woman Joan Slight, a Services manager at Historic Scotland. Mrs Slight has been honoured for her services to history in Scotland and voluntary service through the Girls’ Brigade.

Heriot-Watt ­University’s Professor Geoffrey Palmer (73), from Penicuik, is knighted for his services to human rights, science and charity.

The brewing and cereals expert and anti-racism campaigner came to Britain from Jamaica in 1955 and arrived in Edinburgh for his PhD studies in 1964. He later became a ­lecturer and then professor of brewing at Heriot-Watt.