A former resident of Bempton has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
Richard Wardlow lived in Bempton all his life up until he joined the RAF in 2007.
He attended Burlington Primary School and went on to study at Headlands Secondary School before joining the RAF police.
A keen musician Richard, now aged 35, was also a member of the East Yorkshire Youth Brass Band where he played the cornet and euphonium.
Since joining the RAF, Richard has travelled the world, serving in such countries as the Falklands and Afghanistan. He recently moved back to the UK after living and serving in Cyprus for two years.
Richard was serving as a Corporal but was promoted to Sergeant rank whilst serving in Cyprus.
His MBE, which will be awarded by the Queen later this year, is listed for his ‘services to defence.”
Linda Robertson, Richard’s mum said: “I am very proud of all his achievements and this was a lovely surprise at the end of an awful year.”
Richard’s father Jeff who still lives in Bempton, said: “I’m really pleased for Richard, he has worked hard and deserves this recognition.”