When Michael Forster was presented with his MBE medal by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II she complimented his home town of King’s Lynn.
Mr Forster, 91, proudly displays a photo of him and the Queen in the room he shares with his wife at Goodwins Hall Care Home and shared his memories this week ahead of the Coronation.
He was bestowed the honour for services to the community and explained: “I volunteered with the RAF in King’s Lynn for 25 years and I was chairman of the King’s Lynn Talking Newspaper for the blind for 23 years.”
Mr Forster said: “I was presented with my MBE by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. She said to that she heard I was from King’s Lynn and said it was a ‘nice place’.
“I joked and said we had some nice neighbours up the road and she laughed. I didn’t get my head chopped off luckily.”
His MBE is proudly worn on his dress jacket along with an array of service medals.
“I was in the Royal Air Force for 24 years and in those days you got a medal for long service and good conduct, it was commonly referred to as ’18 years of undetected crime’.
“My half brother was killed in the Somme in 1916, and I am the last of that generation so I have his medals too.”
He is excited to see King Charles crowned this weekend during our celebrations. Goodwins Hall has been decorated for the Coronation and they will be
hosting a fete in honour of the Royal celebration, with friends and relatives
invited to join them.