Tweed weaver ‘shocked’ by MBE honour

Looming award: Weaver set to collect honour
Looming award: Weaver set to collect honour© STV

A tweed weaver says it is an "absolute privilege" to be receiving an MBE from the Queen.

Donald John Mackay, from Luskentyre on the Isle of Harris, was named on the New Year Honours list for his services to the Harris Tweed industry.

Mr Mackay has been a weaver for more than 40 years, following in the footsteps of his father.

For the last 21 years, he and his wife Maureen have been independently producing the tweed, trading under the name Luskentyre Harris Tweed.

He said they are currently working on an order for Clarks Shoes and have previously produced tweed to be used to make Nike trainers.

The 59-year-old said: "It's been a lifelong career. I'm certainly honoured to be recognised in this way, it's an absolute privilege.

"It's been a bit of a shock, I never thought I'd get an award like this, but it will be received with honour."

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