Peterhead man, Ian Wilson was earlier this year made an MBE in The Queens’ Birthday Honours List and earlier this month, made his way down to Buckingham Palace for the special presentation.
Ian, of Baylands Cresecent, was recognised for his services and dedication to the Sea Cadets in Peterhead, and retired from his 17 year post of Commanding Officer early last year.
Along with his wife Ethel, and son Euan, Ian and his family have always been a part of the T.S Caledonia Unit and he still spends his spare time there as an instructor with the young cadets. He made the trip to London with Ethel and Euan and his sister, Linda Fraser.
Speaking about his visit to the Palace, Ian told the Buchanie: “It was a very exciting experience, especially on arrival, when we were ‘briefed’ that HM the Queen was to carry out the Investiture that day.
“The whole day went like clockwork, I was separated from my guests and I was directed to a large hall containing many of the Queens Artworks, here we were given our brief as to how we approach the Queen, how to address her and what to expect especially when she would start to talk to you.
“At exactly 11am, we started to file in small groups to be presented one at a time. When I approached the Queen, and after she pinned on my MBE, she asked me how the town of Peterhead was doing, how long I had been involved in the Sea Cadets and commented that I must enjoy it to be associated for so long, we shook hands, and that was my prompt to bow and retire to the next great hall where my MBE was placed in a presentation box and I could rejoin the audience.”
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.”
Ian added: “I imagine I’ll be at T.S Caledonia for quite some time year, there’s wonderful bunch of youngsters and adults there who keep it going to the highest of standards, I am very proud to be part of it.”