Queen honours ambulance service volunteer

A MOTHERWELL man has been recognised for his services to St John Ambulance by the Queen.

Alex McBride was recently invested as a Member of the Order of St John at a special ceremony held in the Grand Priory Church in Clerkenwell.

The 64-year-old lived in Motherwell's Hope Street before leaving the town in 1964 to pursue a career in the fire brigade in London.

He then spent 28 years in the prison service at HMP Wormwood Scrubs. He joined St John Ambulance 22 years ago and has been a volunteer ever since.

The award is a Royal Order of Chivalry and each person who receives it is approved by Her Majesty the Queen.

The former Brandon High School pupil said: "I am so pleased. I thoroughly enjoy my work at St John Ambulance and working with the other members. I particularly enjoy the ceremonial part of my role."

Full story in January 6 edition of Times & Speaker