A man who has devoted his life to a veterans organisation both locally and nationally has been recognised for his tireless service over 27 years.
Keith Noel Crawford, 74, of Rainwall Court, Sutterton, has beenmade an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
Mr Crawford is the national vice chairman for the Royal Naval Association and was awarded the gong for voluntary service to navy personnel, veterans and their families.
Mr Crawford said: “It’s hard to describe, I’m excited and very, very surprised. I keep saying to myself what the hell have I done to deserve this?”
Mr Crawford has been a member of the association for 27 years, has been the national vice chairman for the past three years and is chair of the association’s management committee.
He said: “I love every minute of it. I devote at least half of my life to the naval association.
“It’s true what they say, ‘once navy, always navy’.”
As part of his duties he has attended a royal garden party and laid a wreath at the Cenetaph.
He has also been a member of the national council for 15 years and is currently the chairman and national council member for No 9 Area which covers Lincolnshire, Humberside, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.
He said he probably travels 18-22,000 miles a year representing the association.
He has been chairman of the Spalding branch for 26 years, joining in July 1985 and becoming chairman in January 1986. He is also chair of the review of the Royal Charter that is approaching completion.
He is also chairman of Fosdyke Village Hall Committee.
Mr Crawford joined the navy in 1956 as an aircraft electrician in the fleet air arm and left 23 years later as a chief petty officer aircraft electrician. His service took him to Malta and Northern Ireland.