MBE honour for master blender and street volunteer

Master blender David Stewart is to be honoured with an MBE
Master blender David Stewart is to be honoured with an MBE

A master blender from Netherlee has been named in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.

Mr David Charles Stewart (70) has been awarded an MBE for services to the scotch whisky industry.

The William Grant and Sons Distillers Ltd employee has spent five decades in the industry, making him Scotland’s longest-serving master blender and malt master.

Starting out at William Grant and Sons in 1962 as an apprentice, Mr Stewart was instrumental in developing and promoting the technique of finishing — maturing whisky in a particular kind of cask to enhance its flavour — in the 1980s.

He is also a judge on the panels of the International Wine and Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge.

A total of 1,196 people received awards — 76 per cent of them for outstanding work in their communities, and 48% of the list made up of women.

In Glasgow, the list of MBE recipients includes Mrs Anne McIlveen (57), founder of Govanhill-based charity Salt and Light, which has been running for more than 10 years.

The aim was to provide a safe place for the most disengaged members of the community — those trapped in cycles of homelessness, substance abuse and prostitution — and started from the boot of Mrs McIlveen’s car, from which she served hot drinks and food in the city centre late at night.

Now run from the Glasgow Elim Church, Salt and Light has a drop-in centre, a double decker bus, and a furniture store in Govan to help those in need.