MBE for Broch Boys’ Brigade stalwart

Fraserburgh man Jimmy Muirhead has been awarded the MBE for services to the Boys' Brigade
Fraserburgh man Jimmy Muirhead has been awarded the MBE for services to the Boys' Brigade

Congratulations are still coming in for a Fraserburgh man who was awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours for services to the Boys’ Brigade.

Jimmy Muirhead, 81, has a connection with the movement spanning more than 70 years and is still honorary president of the Buchan Battalion.

Jimmy joined the lifeboys - equivalent to the junior section now - in 1944 when it was Fraserburgh and District BB.

The former painter and decorator rose through the ranks to become captain of the 1st Fraserburgh BB and then, in the early 1990s, was training officer for the Buchan Ballation for 18 years.

He told the Herald the honour came out of the blue: “It was a shock and I have to say I got a bit emotional, especially when I thought of my mum and dad.

“The Boys’ Brigade has been my life and this is an honour and a pleasure.”

Jimmy, who has lived in Fraserburgh all his life, added that he had been overwhelmed with the messages of congratulations he had received.

Buchan Battalion president Michael Strachan said: “I was delighted to hear that Jimmy has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s honours.

“This is a well-deserved award for the decades of dedicated and voluntary service he has given the Boys’ Brigade in the Buchan Battalion, and around the country.”