Army Cadet Leader invested at the Palace

6 December 2012

On 6th Dec Lieutenant Colonel Alistair Spowage MBE DL, Development Manager for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for the Army Cadet Force across the United Kingdom was invested by HM The Queen as a Member of the Order of the British Empire, an award made in the Queens Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List.

The award was for service to the Army Cadet Force nationally over many years, especially in developing a leadership and management training framework for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

A former cadet at the age of 13, Alistair joined the Army Cadets as an adult leader in October 1975 and rose to the rank of Deputy Commandant of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Battalion ACF.

He and his wife Lindsey travelled from Clackmannanshire to Buckingham Palace where the investiture took place. They were accompanied by sons Gavin and Gordon, and daughters Jennie and Alison – each of whom is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award holder.

Alistair who lives in Menstrie said “I am really honoured and also very grateful for all the support of colleagues at school, in the Army Cadets and the DofE in Scotland, and especially for the patience and encouragement of Lindsey and the family.”

A Former Principal Teacher of Physical Education at St Mungo’s Academy Alloa, Alistair is a Deputy Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire as well as currently being President of the Rotary Club of Alloa, Clackmannanshire.

Pictures: Lt Col Alistair Spowage outside Buckingham Palace with MBE; Lt Col Alistair Spowage with wife Lindsey outside Buckingham Palace; Spowage family outside Buckingham Palace.

News and pictures by Captain Michael Nolan