Torphins man receives BEM

Torphins man Alexander Ingram with some of his congratulatory cards on receiving the BEM
Torphins man Alexander Ingram with some of his congratulatory cards on receiving the BEM

A Torphins man who has played a leading role in community life for decades has been awarded the British Empire medal (BEM).

Alexander Ingram, 72, was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the community in Aberdeenshire.

Mr Ingram, known as Gordon, has been involved with local organisations and groups for more than 40 years.

These have included community council, sports clubs, charity organisations and governing bodies.

Mr Ingram told the Piper: “It was unexpected and I’m delighted to received it.

“You don’t go looking for these things but it’s nice to be recognised.

“However, receiving the award is not going to change me.”

The retired plumber, who was born in Torphins, was chairman of the action group which battled to save the local hospital more than 25 years ago and later went on to become secretary of the hospital’s Friends group.

Mr Ingram remains a long-serving member of Aberdeenshire Sports Council and is currently involved in the Volunteer Patient Programme to assist students with medical training.