Retired teacher receives BEM

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Pictured after her investiture as BEM, Anne Speirs flanked by Patrick Stewart, Lord Lieutenant, right, and Stewart Shaw, Depute Lieutenant.

A large audience of family, friends and members of Bute Natural History Society gathered to witness Anne Speirs receive a BEM for services to education and local history on Tuesday May 7 at Bute Museum.

Anne was presented with her medal by Patrick Stewart, Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, with Stewart Shaw, Depute Lieutenant, also present at the investiture ceremony.

As history curator and retired teacher, Anne has made local history alive for all the pupils across Bute over many years. She has also supported the education of university students at home and abroad.

Anne, as a keen supporter of RNLI, produced lessons for local schools culminating in the young people organising fundraising events on the organisation’s behalf.