Proud moment for Robert as he receives his MBE

Robert Arckless with his MBE.
Robert Arckless with his MBE.

A community stalwart who was a councillor for more than three decades has spoken of his pride after being presented with an MBE.

Robert Arckless, from Amble, received the accolade for services to the communities of Northumberland.

The 59-year-old was honoured with the award by Prince Charles during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, in London, on Friday.

Robert said: “It was a great experience. The whole thing was special and emotional.

“I spoke to Prince Charles about his visit to Amble a few years ago, which he remembered, and we spoke about fishing and the fishing fleets.”

Robert, who has cerebral palsy, stepped down from the town and county council ahead of May’s elections. He had been county councillor since 1989 and served on the town council for 34 years.

He has twice been Mayor of Amble, is a former chairman of Alnwick District Council, was the county council’s cabinet member for children’s services and has been involved in other organisations.

He said: “Being a councillor for Amble – where I was born and have lived all my life – was a very special privilege.

“Amble people have been very good to me and while I have stepped down from the council, I will still be very much part of the local community.”

To make Friday even more special for Robert, his ‘great friend’ Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, received her damehood at the same investiture.