Ronnie Corbett and Lorraine Kelly get New Year Honours

Ronnie Corbett and Lorraine Kelly Ronnie Corbett is to receive a CBE while Lorraine Kelly will be honoured with an OBE

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and funnyman Ronnie Corbett are among the Scots on the New Year Honours List.

Rugby star Chris Paterson, who recently announced his retirement from the international game, will also be recognised with an MBE.

Ms Kelly, 52, from Dundee, said she was "thrilled and deeply honoured" to learn she is to receive an OBE.

Edinburgh-born Corbett already has an OBE but now receives a CBE for his services to entertainment and charity.

Among the other Scots recipients are a host of individuals from the worlds of business, the arts, sport, public services, education and charity.

Distinguished records

Robert Black, the Auditor General for Scotland, who is from Callander, and Jim Mackinnon, chief planner at the Scottish government, from Forres, are both to receive CBEs for their work.

Two firefighters from the same service are to receive a Queen's medal for their distinguished records.

Group Commander Cameron Black and Watch Commander David Boyd, both from Lanarkshire, have a combined total of 60 years service with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.

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Cameron Black

To be recognised in such a way is truly an honour and privilege”

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Mr Black, 51, has worked around the world to help reduce road fatalities, sharing his knowledge on the subject with colleagues in South Africa in 1999 before travelling to Australia, where he was part of a team that established the World Rescue Organisation.

He said: "This was a complete surprise. To be recognised in such a way is truly an honour and privilege.

"Throughout my service I have been truly fortunate to have worked with so many dedicated people both within Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and beyond, many of whom have inspired me."

Lorraine Kelly, who began her career as a trainee reporter on her local paper, the East Kilbride News, before moving into broadcasting and rising to become TVam's Scotland correspondent, is being recognised for services to charity and the armed forces.

Earlier this year the presenter launched UK Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh.

In 2009 she was appointed to the role of Honorary Colonel of the Black Watch battalion's Army Cadet Force (ACF).

The mother-of-one, who is a Dundee United fan, has been involved with many charities, including Poppyscotland, and this year took part in the 100km BT Red Nose Desert Trek in Kenya, which raised money for Comic Relief projects.

'Absolute privilege'

Ronnie Corbett, best known for his comedy double act The Two Ronnies, with Ronnie Barker, originally decided to get into performing after playing the wicked aunt in a youth club pantomime.

After national service in the air force he started his showbiz career with bit parts in film and theatre.

Then, while performing as part of Danny La Rue's cabaret show in London he was spotted by David Frost, who asked him to appear in the satirical TV show The Frost Report, in which he first worked with Barker.

Chris Paterson Chris Paterson announced his retirement from international rugby last week

Chris Paterson, who is Scotland's record cap and points scorer, receives his honour for services to sport.

The 33-year-old won 109 caps for his country, amassing a total of 809 points, and is the only Scot to have appeared in four rugby World Cup tournaments.

Among the other Scots receiving an honour is leading hairdresser Charlie Miller, who owns a string of salons in Edinburgh.

He receives an OBE for his services to hairdressing.

A weaver from Harris is to receive an MBE for services to the Harris Tweed Industry.

In 2005 sportswear giant, Nike, used cloth designed by Donald John MacKay for a run of limited edition trainers.

He said being named on the New Year Honours list was an "absolute privilege".

James Holloway, director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, receives a CBE for services to the arts.

Estate workers

Ron Hamilton, the chair of daily disposable contact lens manufacturer Daysoft, also receives a CBE.

Robin Hodge, founder and publisher of arts and events magazine, The List, receives an OBE for services to arts and culture.

Three workers on the Queen's Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire are also among those on the New Year Honours list.

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I think it is in true recognition of the work we do as a station and all of the other volunteers at stations around the country”

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Stalker and gamekeeper, Arthur George Fernie, woods foreman, Joseph MacLugash and the Duke of Edinburgh's page, Stephen Mark Niedojadlo, are to be awarded Royal Victorian Medals.

Dr James Robertson, Apothecary to the Royal Household at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, receives a Royal Victorian Order.

A lifeboat manager from Lamlash on the Isle of Arran is to pick up an MBE. Geoffrey Norris, 68, has almost 40 years of service with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

He said: "This award is totally unexpected, it has come right out of the blue.

"I wondered what I'd done wrong when the letter arrived from the Cabinet Office.

"I think it is in true recognition of the work we do as a station and all of the other volunteers at stations around the country."

Guided tour operator Carol Anne Donnelly is recognised for services to the tourism industry in Carlisle and the Scottish Borders.

Mary Rose Watt from Dingwall receives an MBE or services to Highland Dance Teaching in Ross-shire.

Brownie leader, Helen Thomson, 62, from Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, said she hoped her MBE would send out a message to other volunteers to show them what they do really counts.

She was named in the New Year Honours for services to the Brownies in Scotland.

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