bill robertson knighted in new years honour list

Robertson Group executive chairman William (Bill) Robertson is knighted and Elgin mum Lucy Smith (Lintott) receives BEM

TWO well-known Moray figures have been recognised in the New Year Honours List for 2022.

William ‘Bill’ Robertson, executive chairman of Robertson Group, and Motor Neurone Disease campaigner Lucy Smith, formerly Lintott, have been named in the list.

Mr Robertson, who was already a CBE, has been knighted for services to the construction industry and to charity in Scotland.

He formed Robertson Group in Elgin in 1966 as a joinery business, with his brother Bobby the sole employee.

The company now employs more than 3200 people and turns over millions of pounds every year.

lucy smith

Lucy Smith, who’s from Garmouth and lives in Elgin, has received a BEM for her voluntary services to Motor Neurone Disease Research.

After being diagnosed with the disease at 19 years old, Lucy was told she was only likely to live for another 18 months.

However, she has gone on to give birth twice – something that is believed to be a world first for someone with Motor Neurone Disease – and marry her partner Tommy.

A BBC documentary called Being Mum with MND, which aired in May, told Lucy’s incredible story.

It was the second documentary – after 2017’s BBC programme MND and 22-Year-Old Me – to cover her life living with MND.