A LOLLIPOP lady from West Lothian, Scotland’s leading art expert and an award-winning singer and actress are among those recognised in the New Year’s Honours List today.
Patricia MacArthur, who has been a school crossing patrol guide at Bridgend Primary School, Linlithgow, for 31 years, is made an MBE.
She said the honour had left her speechless and "wanting to laugh".
Mrs MacArthur, 66, said her dream would be for the children at Bridgend Primary to see her meet the Queen.
"People ask me if I am frightened doing this job, but not at all - I just want to see the children safely across the road," she said.
Timothy Clifford, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland, becomes a knight.
A leading authority on Italian art, he was recently tipped to take charge of the National Gallery in London after being passed over twice for the director’s post at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Dr Clifford’s achievements include securing Canova’s Three Graces in a joint deal with the V&A and saving Botticelli’s The Virgin Adoring The Sleeping Christ Child for the nation after an 18-day campaign to raise more than 10 million.
He has also overseen the opening of the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh and driven forward the ambitious plan to build an underground link between the National Gallery and the Royal Scottish Academy on the Mound.
But he has also courted controversy by criticising the way the Scottish Parliament has set about choosing artwork for its new building at Holyrood.
He said his knighthood was a great honour for the National Galleries of Scotland.
"I have a wonderful team and I do really think of this as recognition of a team effort," he said.
Scots singer and actress Barbara Dickson gets an OBE for services to entertainment through her long career on stage and TV.
Originally from Dunfermline, Ms Dickson sang in folk clubs in Edinburgh as a teenager.
She had a string of hit singles and albums in the 1970s and 1980s, including I Know Him So Well, recorded with Elaine Paige.
And she also starred as 1961 pools winner Viv Nicholson in the musical Spend, Spend, Spend.
Leading race equality campaigner Moussa Jogee is also given an OBE.
Born and educated in South Africa, Mr Jogee actively opposed apartheid policies in his country and was forced to leave.
He arrived in the UK in l965, establishing himself in business and community activities in Edinburgh.
He became chairman of Lothian Community Relations Council and three years ago was made deputy chairman for the Commission for Racial Equality.
East Lothian headmistress Patricia Margaret McCall of Campie Primary School, Musselburgh, is made a CBE for services to education.
Janet Lumsden, headteacher of Kirkhill Primary School, Broxburn, West Lothian, gets an OBE.
Edinburgh-based politics expert Professor Bernard Crick becomes a knight for services to citizenship in schools and political studies.
Professor Eve Johnstone, professor of psychiatry at Edinburgh University, is made a CBE; as is Professor Noreen Elizabeth Murray, lately professor of molecular genetics at Edinburgh University.
Fiona Baikie, principal of Edinburgh’s Telford College, gets an OBE.
Dr Hector Chawla, lately consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Edinburgh’s Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, also receives an OBE.
And an OBE also goes to Professor Mark Woolhouse, chair of veterinary public health at Edinburgh University, for services to the control of infectious diseases.
Edinburgh-based Norman McFadyen, who played a key role in the Lockerbie trial as procurator fiscal at the Scottish court in the Netherlands, also becomes a CBE.
And Ian Bannatyne, governor in charge of the prison at Camp Zeist, gets an OBE.
Hugh Morison, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, gets a CBE for services to the whisky industry. Mr Morison is a persistent campaigner for a reduction in duty on Scotch.