'Caledonia' folk writer receives OBE

Dougie Maclean The singer said that he was 'gobsmacked' by the honour

Scottish music legend Dougie Maclean, 56, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

The folk singer, best known for his folk ballad Caledonia, has been honoured for services to music and charity in Scotland.

Speaking from his home in Perthshire, Mr Maclean said it was "a great thrill" to be recognised after 36 years in the music business and he "can't wait to tell his mammy".

And he said that he was "gobsmacked".

Mr Maclean has been involved in a number of charities over the years, including homelessness charities the Cyrenians and Shelter.

'Social responsibility'

He said: "Musicians in the United States have a great sense of social responsibility and an awareness that they can use their audience to do some good, and it was while I was working there that I had the idea of encouraging my audiences to do something for charity.

"It's just simple things like bringing a tin of beans or clothing to festivals to donate to charity.

"This honour isn't just for me, it's for everyone who has helped and supported me in my 36 years as a professional musician. Nobody can do great things on their own.

"My audiences get bigger every year and I've received a great amount of support from my friends and family.

"I've not told my mammy about the OBE yet, though. I hope she doesn`t find out before I get the chance to tell her."

Distinguished service

Also recognised in the New Year Honours from the Tayside and Central area were the chief constable and deputy chief constable of Central Scotland Police.

Kevin Smith, 51, and his deputy Iain MacLeod, 54, received the Queen's Police medal for distinguished service.

Mr Smith joined Strathclyde Police in 1977 and rose through the ranks to become chief constable of Central Scotland in 2008.

During his career, he has been involved in a number of high profile cases, including the Lockerbie air crash enquiry team.

Mr MacLeod, who retired earlier this month, took over national responsibility for the Environmental and Wildlife Crime portfolio for police chiefs' organisation Acpos, a role he continued when promoted to deputy chief constable at Central Scotland Police.

Others from the area who were honoured include Sheena Carlin Cruickshank, the Lord-Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire, who was given the Royal Victorian Order.

And Mrs Catherine Carnegie received an honour for services to the unemployed in Forth Valley.

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