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The former head teacher of Dunbeg Primary School, Sine MacVicar, has received her MBE and met the Queen.
Sine, who devoted 44 years to the school, was awarded her MBE for services to education and to the community of Dunbeg.
She was invited to the Palace of Holyroodhouse for the ceremony on July 3, where the Queen handed her the medal.
‘She actually spoke to me,’ Sine said, ‘and asked me how long I had been at the school. I said 44 years and she said that’s such a long time to be in the same school, and I just finished off by saying I loved it.’
She added: ‘I am absolutely delighted. It was a special day and one that I will never forget, especially as Dunbeg Primary School and its community have been my life.’
Sine also won a lifetime achievement award last year at the Times Educational Supplement (TES) School Awards after being nominated by her colleagues.