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An appeal for locals to nominate people deserving recognition in the Queen’s Honours has resulted in an encouraging response.
Lord-Lieutenant for Argyll & Bute Jane MacLeod made an appeal in the Oban Times in a bid to showcase the area’s great unsung heroes.
Work is now starting on the New Year 2023 Honours round and the nominations deadline is April 6.
‘I am extremely encouraged by the response I have received to date,’ she said hoping many more Oban Times’ readers ‘will get thinking and prepare your nominations’.
Who is eligible? Somebody who has dedicated a huge amount of their time and lives to helping others.
You can find the online form to nominate here: www.gov.uk/honours
Nominations are submitted to the Cabinet Office’s Honours and Appointments Secretariat, which oversees the honours system. The suitability of nominees is then established through ‘merit’ and ‘probity and propriety’ checks.
The process can take 12 to 18 months before the recommendations are passed on to the Prime Minister and, ultimately, the Queen for approval. Honours are announced twice a year – at new year and in June on the Queen’s official birthday.