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Applecross woman delighted to be made an MBE

By Scott Maclennan

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Judith Fish
Judith Fish

THERE’s no great secret to the success of a woman honoured for services to tourism and the Applecross community that has been her home for the past 30 years.

After being made an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, Applecross Inn proprietor Judith Fish said: “I just love what I am doing so it is very, very easy when you enjoy something.”

While voicing “absolute delight”, the multiple award-winning hotelier insisted it was a team effort and paid tribute to a man whose community-minded spirit proved an inspiration. She said prawn fisherman Ali Macleod, who died at sea just over a year ago, had very much been in her mind in recent days.

She said: “I think he would be secretly proud. As I keep telling people, it is not just me it is the whole team, I have a great team, lovely customers, great family and wonderful friends who all support me.”

Meanwhile Ms Fish has a wardrobe problem to deal with. She said: “We have a few awards but this will certainly get pride of place. I have a collection of 80 brooches and people know I am not having a good day if I am without a brooch but the whole collection may have to be put to one side for a while as I try out the medal.”

Andrew Dytch, of Dingwall, the chief executive of ILM Highland, was also made an MBE for services to the environment and community in the north of Scotland.

Mary Machin, also of Dingwall, County ambassador for Girlguiding, received the honour for services to girl guiding and the community in Ross-shire.

Robert Davidson, chairman of Friends of Hugh Miller, was honoured with the MBE for services to palaeontology.

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