THERE were big smiles all round as local hero and charity founder Scott Glynn received his MBE today.

The founder of the Walk With Scott Foundation received his medal, in front of family and friends, from the Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian, Michael Williams, at a ceremony in the Haddington office of the Provost of East Lothian, John McMillan.

Scott was piped out of John Muir House, the headquarters of East Lothian Council, in front of a waiting crowd of more than 50 well-wishers.

They clapped and cheered as he displayed his medal, before they burst into a chorus of Take Me Home, Country Roads, by John Denver, a song often sung at the annual Walk with Scott fundraising treks, which have raised more than £300,000 for local good causes.

Despite battling ill health, Scott beamed at the crowd and announced that he would be walking with them at next year's fundraiser.

"This is a real great honour," he said. "It means a lot to me and to the Foundation, and the support from all of you has been fantastic. Thank you.”

Scott, 56, of Tranent, was awarded the MBE from the Queen for services to health and charity.