Honour for driving force behind Burghead Headland Trust

Burghead Visitor Centre – lifetime ambition

An MBE has been awarded to the woman who has given 24 years services to the Burghead Headland Trust.

Retired teacher Catherine Flint Millar, 71, receives her award in the New Year Honours List for her work as secretary of the Trust, which has been responsible for the creation of the Burghead Visitor Centre on the site of one of the oldest Pictish Forts in Scotland.

Mrs Millar took on the role at a time when there was simply nothing in Burghead that raised awareness of its historical importance. For many years she worked towards a personal ambition to create a visitor centre – one that was achieved thanks to Lottery Heritage Funding in 2003.

Today the site attracts over 5000 people each year to Burghead.

Mrs Millar said that her pride in receiving the award is mainly in the fact that Burghead has now been put on the map and is visited by people from all over the world.

In her teaching career Mrs Millar held posts at a number of Moray schools, including Applegrove, Seafield and Burghead. Speaking of her award she said: “I’m totally taken aback, it was a big surprise when the letter came asking if I would be willing to accept the award.”

Another Moray MBE on the New Year list is Mary Evans who has been recognised for her work with voluntary work on behalf of Dyslexia Scotland.

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