Puffer cham­pion Nick re­ceives BEM for ser­vices to tourism

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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

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Nick Walker was pre­sented with the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal by Lord Lieu­tenant Pa­trick Ste­wart.

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In a more fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment in the VIC32 puffer wheel­house.

The VIC32 puffs her way across Loch Cri­nan. a29puffer03

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