Puffer champion Nick receives BEM for services to tourism
The skipper of the VIC32 puffer has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list with the British Empire Medal.
Nick Walker was awarded with his BEM on Wednesday August 29, when it was presented to him by Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute Patrick Stewart.
The director of the Puffer Preservation Trust received the honour for services to tourism, marine heritage and charity.
At an occasion with the whole family and a few friends, Nick, from Lochgilphead, dedicated his medal to his wife, Rachel, saying: ‘She was my girlfriend when I first saw the VIC32 and we’ve restored it together. We’ve made a pact to share the medal. Rachel will get to wear it on Christmas Day this year and I will get to wear it on Boxing Day.’
Nick and wife Rachel celebrate with family. 08_a36NickWalker08
Nick Walker was presented with the British Empire Medal by Lord Lieutenant Patrick Stewart.
In a more familiar environment in the VIC32 puffer wheelhouse.
The VIC32 puffs her way across Loch Crinan. a29puffer03