Pair honoured in Queen’s birthday list

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Two men from the Daventry district have been named as MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Robert Louden, 60, of Welton Lodge Park in Daventry, and Bernard Tisley, 61, of Byfield, are proud to have been appointed as members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

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As director general of the The Camping and Caravanning Club, Mr Louden was recognised for services to the outdoor recreation industry.

He said: “I am absolutely stunned and feel very privileged to be in the company of so many talented people who have also received honours.

“My family are very proud and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of my past and present colleagues as well as our 600,000 members who’ve helped to shape the Club.”

Robert joined the Club 18 years ago as director of administration before becoming director general in 2007.

He is also a board member of the Outdoor Industries Association and is a member of the nominations committee at the Sport and Recreation Alliance, among many other roles.

Mr Tisley was awarded membership for his 35 years service in the RAF.

Recently promoted to Wing Commander, Mr Tisley is the regional gliding officer for Central and East Region of the Air Cadet Organisation and first joined the RAF as a cadet squadron officer.

He said: “I feel very proud, excited and privileged to receive this honour, not only for me but for all my colleagues in the ACO who give up their time to give our youth the best start in life possible.”

He first went solo in a Cadet Mk III glider in 1980 before ascending the gliding instructor categories at Little Rissington. Poor health brought an end to his flying career but he served as a wing gliding liaison officer before taking on his current role.