New Year Honours

Singer Annie Lennox leads the list of Scots recognised for outstanding contributions in the New Year Honours.

The charity campaigner said she was ``genuinely honoured'' to receive an OBE.

She joked that she was getting her hat ready for a visit to Buckingham Palace.

56 year old Lennox founded her SING campaign to raise awareness of Aids in Africa and has been awarded her honour for many years of charity work.

Also on the role is one of Scotland's most senior police officers.

Neil Richardson, deputy chief constable of Strathclyde Police, has been given the Queen's Police Medal.

Mr Richardson, who has been in the force for 25 years, said it was a ``tremendous honour'', given for his passion and commitment to policing.

Meanwhile Scottish music legend Dougie Maclean said he was ``gobsmacked'' to receive an OBE and said he ``can't wait to tell his mammy''.

The folk singer, best known for penning folk ballad Caledonia, has been honoured for his services to music and charity in Scotland.

And Scots charity founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow said he was ``humbled'' to be named in the New Year's Honours list.

Mr MacFarlane-Barrow, one of television network CNN's heroes of the year  in 2010, received the OBE for his services to the Mary's Meals charity.

He founded Mary's Meals, which aims to give the world's poorest children a meal a day, following an encounter with the children of a woman dying from Aids in Malawi in 2002.