A DUNBAR businesswoman has received a royal honour in recognition of her work in East Lothian and her hometown.
Pauline Jaffray was presented with the British Empire Medal by East Lothian’s Lord Lieutenant Michael Williams in the main chamber of Dunbar’s Town House this week.
Mr Williams said he hoped her award would inspire others to emulate her achievements and make a similar contribution to their local community.
The accolade had been announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June.
Ms Jaffray was born in Haddington in 1956 and grew up in the small village of Innerwick close to Dunbar. At 14 she moved to Dorset due to her father’s work but later returned to East Lothian to live with her grandparents in a small farm holding.
In 1986, Pauline launched her own business PJ Designs – a public relations, marketing and design company.
As PJ Designs grew she launched the magazine East Lothian Life in the winter of 1989 – a tribute to the county through the written word.
The magazine has been shortlisted in the 2014 Best Small Publishing Category of the Scottish PPA Awards.
In 2008, she was awarded a local business hero award from the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to business support, Pauline has also been an active member of East Lammermuir Community Council, and secretary of Dunbar Trades Association for 25 years.
Ms Jaffray has been involved with Haddington Farmers’ Market since its inception in 2000 and still helps organise the Innerwick Flower Show.
She has been involved in the establishment and organisation of various events in East Lothian and was also a cub leader, business mentor and founder member of the successful Dunbar Traditional Music Festival and Dunbar Artists Exhibition.
She is also a founding member of the Battle of Prestonpans Battlefield Trust.
Speaking of her award, she said: “I am delighted to have been awarded this very prestigious medal and what has made it even more special is all the good wishes and congratulations I have received from so many people.”
Michael Williams, Lord Lieutenant for East Lothian, said: “The recipients of the British Empire Medal are true community champions who have carried out so much work to help others and fully deserve the recognition the medal brings. I hope the dedication and hard work that Pauline has provided to her local community will be an inspiration to others.”