OBE for Burgh man in New Year honours

Martyn Wade,OBE
Martyn Wade,OBE

After 11 successful years, Martyn Wade retired from his post as national librarian and chief executive of the National Library of Scotland in March 2014.

And the Linlithgow resident’s success during his tenure has seen him being rewarded with an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Highlights of his period in post include the acquisition of the world renowned John Murray Archive in 2006, the opening of a public visitor centre in 2009 and of a special collections reading room in 2012, all sited in the library’s flagship building on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh.

Martyn, who has recently joined the Linlithgow Rugby Club’s male voice choir, saisd: “It was a complete surprise when I received the letter in mid November originally advising I was to receive the honour.

“I am looking forward to the investiture later this year.”

Provost Tom Kerr paid tribute to all the West Lothian recipients.

He said: “On behalf of the people of West Lothian I would like to warmly congratulate all of the West Lothian recipients who received recognition in HRH The Queen’s New Year Honours list.

“For me, the Queen’s honours list is about celebrating the outstanding dedication shown by people in all walks of life. Everyone recognised has made an immense contribution in their field, and richly deserves this accolade and recognition from the Queen and their community.”

Martyn, who has recently joined the Linlithgow Rugby Club’s male voice choir, said: “It was a complete surprise when I received the letter in mid November originally advising I was to receive the honour.

“I am looking forward to the investiture later this year.”