SHE’S won the Eurovision Song Contest, sang a James Bond theme song, and remains one of the UK’s most-beloved performers. 

Now, Glasgow star Lulu really has plenty to shout about after being made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

The singer, who grew up in Dennistoun, has turned her hand to musical theatre, television and more across a six-decade career and was recognised for services to music, entertainment and charity.


The 72-year-old shot to fame aged just 15 when Shout, a cover of the Isley Brothers track, became a hit. In a glittering career, she went on to win the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest with Boom Bang-A-Bang and recorded the official theme for the 1974 Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun. 

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: “Lulu’s award for services to entertainment is very welcome. 

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“Nothing short of a national treasure, Lulu has a special place in the hearts of many Scots.”

Lulu previously received an OBE for her services to music in 2000 and said of her medal at the time: “[It is] a great honour and was a real surprise. The Prince (of Wales) apologised that it had taken so long.

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“He told me I had found the secret of eternal youth. I’m not giving up just because I have got this. I hope to go on until I die.”

A Glasgow girl at heart, Lulu, who lived in the East End’s Garfield Street after her family moved there from Gallowgate, attended Thomson Street Primary School and Onslow Drive School. She has returned to the city on numerous occasions, including to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park. 

Other highlights include a collaboration with Take That on Relight My Fire and the biggest tour of her career in 2017, which spanned 40 dates around the UK. 

She was one of a number of household names from across the country to be honoured last night, with the likes of tennis star Sue Barker and former England manager Roy Hodgson receiving CBEs while Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling were given MBEs.

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Closer to home, there was also recognition for Glasgow’s Karen Anderson for her services to people with disabilities, while Kathleen Flynn, of Hamilton, was given a BEM for services to food supply during Covid-19. 

Mr Jack added: “Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours are a fitting tribute to those in Scotland and right across the UK who have done so much to get the country through the pandemic. That includes Ian McCubbin for his work on the vaccines taskforce, Professor Michael Barrett of the Glasgow Lighthouse covid testing lab, and former chief nursing officer Fiona McQueen.

“The honours list shows the wealth of talent in Scotland’s public life. 

“From ophthalmologist Carrie MacEwen, to financial expert Anne Richards, and Edinburgh Council Chief Executive Andrew Kerr, a host of Scots are recognised for their contribution to Scottish society. 

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“Her Majesty has also recognised the depth of dedication and commitment in local communities across the country, with awards for the unsung heroes up and down Scotland.

“My sincere congratulations go to all the Scots who have been honoured by Her Majesty.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Throughout the pandemic we have seen countless examples of every day heroes. From those using their expertise to help develop life-saving vaccines, which are now being rolled out successfully to all parts of the UK, to the people who have given time and energy to care for their communities.”