King of Tarbert castle honoured with an MBE

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The secretary of Tarbert Castle Trust, is one of a small number of Argyll folk recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours’ List.

Robert McPhail, who retired to Tarbert in 2000 with his wife Alice, is to receive an MBE for services to the community in the Loch Fyne-side village.

He said: ‘It’s all slightly embarrassing, but I cannot be other than pleased that others have thought so highly of my efforts. I have tried to put back into the community as much as I have gained from it.

‘I am honoured to receive an MBE, but this honour must be shared with the many community volunteers with whom I have the privilege to work.’

Mr McPhail serves as a trustee and secretary/treasurer of Tarbert Castle Trust, which manages the castle on behalf of the community.

He has also worked with Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust, helping with various projects including one with local young people to build the replica Loch Fyne skiff, Wee Dooker.