Ellon folk honoured in Queen’s awards

Kit Pawson receiving her MBE
Kit Pawson receiving her MBE

Ellon and the surrounding area featured heavily in this years honours list with four people based in the area receiving recognition.

James Watt and Martin Dickie, the founders of Ellon-based company BrewDog, were on the list alongside Bernardo’s charity volunteer Kit Pawson.

James Watt and Martin Dickie

James Watt and Martin Dickie

Also receiving their honour was musician and teacher Alice Dennis for services to music in the North East.

After receiving their MBE’s for services to the brewing industry James Watt said: ““It’s amazing to have been awarded something so prestigious; it’s incredible to have the craft beer industry recognised at this level.

“It shows just how far we have come in our 9 short years.”

The company which started in Fraserburgh in 2007 has expanded to a global brand, employing over a hundred people.

Alice Dennis

Alice Dennis

Mr Watt said: “We have a huge amount of exciting projects on the horizon at BrewDog, with our USA brewery coming online later this year, and loads of super cool beer launches in the pipeline too.

“We’re building an incredible team of passionate, beer-loving people both at home and internationally, with all of us on a mission to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as we are.”

Kit Pawson, from Oyne, recieved her MBE in recognition of her volunteering work for children’s charity Barnardo’s.

A supporter of the charity for over 30 years Kit began volunteering for Barnardo’s in 1983.

Ms Pawson said: “I felt both privileged and humble at the same time - privileged because I was at the Palace to be presented with such an honour, but also humble, as whatever I have given to Barnardo’s over the past 30 plus years, I have received back 100 times over in terms of friendship with dedicated staff and marvellous volunteers.

“Most important of all, it has been so satisfying to see the difference Barnardo’s makes to the lives of vulnerable children, young folk and their families throughout the UK.”

Alice Dennis has been teaching, conducting and performing music in the area for over 26 years.

She is currently the Musical Director of the Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society, the Haddo Voices and the Artistic Director of the Haddo Arts Festival as well as a popular piano and singing teacher and pianist.

Ms Dennis’ career revolved around encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to sing, frequently visiting primary schools free of charge to promote the young choirs and taking on Musical Director roles for shows involving young people.

On receiving her honour Ms Dennis said: “Receiving this award in recognition of all the work I have done here for the past 26 years is an unbelievable honour.

“I was completely shocked to open the letter and it has been very hard keeping it a secret until now.”

She added: “I’d like to thank everyone for their support over the years and those who must have nominated and written references for me – I am so moved by these behind the scenes efforts.”