Transport museum curator Mike Ward receives MBE

Mike with the MBE medal
Mike with the MBE medal

A Donside museum chief has spoken to the Piper of the “surreal” moment he was made a Member of the British Empire by the Duke of Rothesay, Prince Charles.

Curator of Alford’s Grampian Transport Museum Mike Ward joined 97 others in receiving awards on the day, he was given the MBE honour for services to tourism and cultural heritage.

Mike told the Piper: “I really enjoyed the day, it was a surreal experience and felt like a dream at times.”

“The Prince of Wales spoke for about 30 seconds to everyone, which was nice of him to take the time out.”

Mike’s mention of Donside stirred up some memories for the heir to the throne: “He remembered coming to Alford with his Grandmother (the Queen Mother) to unveil a statue of an Aberdeen Angus bull and remembered the Transport Museum as well.”

During the ceremony, best-selling author Kate Mosse was made an OBE for her services to literature.

Keith Walters, who was responsible for launching the careers of many of Britain’s best-known boxers, such as Amir Kahn and Olympic champions Nicola Adams and Audley Harrison was made an OBE for his services to amateur boxing.

Mr Walters told the Prince he had the hands to make a good light-middleweight.