Queen’s Birthday Honours: Gosport volunteer gets BEM

Portsmouth & Southsea railway station by Andy Cooper

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Long-term volunteer Norman Young has been awarded a British Empire Medal for 20 years of service to Gosport, Fareham and Portsmouth Service Committee.

Norman, of Gosport, who was the chairman of the committee for around 18 years, received the honour for voluntary service to veterans and their families.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1944 and moved on to submarines in 1947 until leaving the service in 1968.

Norman, who lives in Gosport, spent much of his career owning pig and trout farms.

He started volunteering in 1993 when he retired.

‘During my time with the committee I have done lots of fundraising,’ the 85-year-old said.

‘We are a self-funded group. I am very honoured to have got the BEM. It is something that has come late in life. I was very surprised to get a letter telling me I was being considered.

‘I was told the recommendation was being considered by the Queen and would hear in due course.

‘I’m really happy to have received it.’