FOUR East Lothian residents have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Margaret Ross, from Haddington, has been awarded an OBE for services to dentistry, while James Stretton, former chairman of the Lammermuir Festival, has been awarded an MBE for services to the arts, finance and charity in Scotland.

Port Seton resident Robert Glasgow he has received the British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition of his work in amateur radio, the community and charity in South East Scotland, and Mary Tebble, one of the trustees of the Scottish Seabird Centre, completes the county quartet – she has also been awarded the BEM for services to wildlife conservation.

Mr Stretton, from Letham Mains on the outskirts of Haddington, founded the award-winning Lammermuir Festival, which is about to launch its eighth year in East Lothian.

The unique festival brings together classic music performances in some of the county's most stunning locations.

James Watters, festival director, said he was delighted Mr Stretton, who stepped down as chairman last year, was being recognised.

He said: "Without Jim the Lammermuir Festival would never have come into being. He has been the perfect chairman; supportive, energetic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

"His leadership has made it possible for the festival to achieve its ongoing success including the Royal Philharmonic Society award earlier this year."

Mrs Tebble, who moved to North Berwick in 1995 and as well as her association with the Scottish Seabird Centre since its opening in 2000, she is involved with the RSPB, SOC (Scottish Ornithologists’ Club), BSBI (Botanical Society of the British Isles), BSS (Botanical Society of Scotland), WFS (Wildflower Society), SWT (Scottish Wildlife Trust) and Butterfly Conservation.

She was chairwoman of the Scottish Seabird Centre volunteers for seven years from 2002, and won the Queen's Anniversary Challenge Award and and Whitbread Award, both in 1992, for pioneering toy libraries for disabled children in Scotland.

Tom Brock, chief executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, passed on his congratulations.

He told the Courier: "This is wonderful news and a very much deserved honour for a remarkable person. Mary has been an outstanding supporter of the Centre since before we opened and is a supporter of many wildlife charities.

"She is an active and committed centre volunteer and trustee. Every weekend she loves to share her extensive knowledge and passion for wildlife with visitors and staff, which we very much appreciate.

“Mary has achieved so many brilliant things and it is fantastic to have this acknowledged at the highest level.”