Medal honour for David

The Duchess of Northumberland presents a British Empire Medal to Sqn Ldr David Chappell.'Picture by Jane Coltman
The Duchess of Northumberland presents a British Empire Medal to Sqn Ldr David Chappell.'Picture by Jane Coltman

A former Squadron Leader has been honoured for his work in the community.

David Chappell, 68, from Alnwick, was presented with the British Empire Medal (BEM)by the Duchess of Northumberland in her capacity as Lord Lieutenant for the county. David received the honour for services to the RAF and conservation.

He joined the RAF as an airman in 1963 and became a Squadron Leader. He has dedicated 20 years of service to the RAF Association (RAFA), including restoring the RAFA respite care home at Rothbury House. He is still often found in his overalls maintaining the building of the Alnwick branch, of which he is chairman.

David has also pioneered conservation projects, creating a wetland from a derelict building site, a woodland walk and an owl sanctuary.

The BEM was revived in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year after it was disbanded in 1992.

At an investiture ceremony at Alnwick Castle, the Duchess also presented BEMs to Anne Lloyd, 75, from Ponteland, for services to education and the community, and Joy Sullivan, 56, from Prudhoe, for 41 years of service to international trade.