Peterhead’s Ian receives MBE

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Peterhead man, Ian Wilson has been made an MBE in The Queens’ Birthday Honours List for his services and dedication to the Sea Cadets in Peterhead.

Ian, of Baylands Crescent, received the special letter last week and was absolutely delighted.

“I am just over the moon, and so humbled that I have been chosen. I’m sure there are 1000s of other worthy people who deserved honour more than me. I’m still quite gobsmacked,” he said.

Ian and his wife Ethel who was recently awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service, have been dedicated to the T S Caledonia Unit all their life, and their son Euan, has also been a member of the unit for ten years.

Ian retired from his 17 year post of Commanding Officer at the unit early last year but still spends his spare time there as an instructor with the young cadets.

“I love being a part of the Peterhead Sea Cadets and particularly helping the youngsters. I imagine I’ll be there for quite some time yet, they’ll have to carry me out in a box!”

TS Caledonia was awarded the Thomas Grey Memorial Trophy as coveted runners-up to the top unit in 2010.

Ian said: “The unit does very well and I think it’s partly down to the wonderful bunch of both youngsters and adults who keep it going to the highest of standards, I am very proud to be a part of it.”

Sub-Lieutenant John Bowman said it was a great achievement for Ian.

“I was delighted to learn that Ian was awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours. Ian has dedicated his life to the Sea Cadets and the young people of the North East of Scotland inspiring hundreds of young people to realise their potential.

“This award is thoroughly deserved and it is fantastic that Ian’s dedication has not gone unnoticed. Just when you think things cannot get any better for the Peterhead Sea Cadets, this comes along and has blown us all away! Well done Ian and many congratulations!”