A Doncaster man who has devoted a lifetime of service to the Air Training Corps has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s birthday honours list today.
Brian Wood, aged 76, who lives in High Road, Warmsworth, with his wife, Janice, said: “I am flabbergasted - it is a bolt out of the blue. I feel humbled and honoured.”
Brian joined 1053 Armthorpe Squadron of the ATC as a cadet in 1951 and has hardly been away since.
He wne on to become adult Warrant Officer, Squadron Commander, Wing Sports Officer and later a civilian instructor.
Brian is still heavily involved in the selection, training and supervision of the Wing football teams, and managing a squadron shooting team to national standard.
An ATC spokesman said: “The Squadron has flourished and cadet numbers have increased substantially. His commitment to the young people of Armthorpe is unwavering.”