A former STV News reporter has received an OBE at Windsor Castle.
Mike Edwards, who lives in Rhu, has been an Army Reservist for 30 years and was mobilised for active service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 58-year-old received his honour from the King in a ceremony at Windsor Castle on Tuesday afternoon.
“I have been floating since I was told about the award last year,” he said.
“To receive it at last means that it’s not a dream but for real,” said Mike, who is a deputy lieutenant of Dunbartonshire.
“His Majesty was obviously very regal but also very chatty and we talked about the charities I work for. While the OBE was awarded to me, it is very much recognition for the amazing charities it is my privilege to represent,” he said.
The former newspaper, radio and TV reporter was awarded the OBE for public and charitable service in Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Birthday Honours List in 2022.
He retired from a 40-year career in journalism to care for his elderly mother Margaret after she was diagnosed with dementia.
Since her passing, Mike has devoted himself to charity work and is a trustee of Erskine, the veterans’ charity, the Highlanders Museum at Fort George, the Royal Highland Fusiliers Trust, the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat and the Glasgow Humane Society.
His third book, ‘You’re Seeing It!’ was published last Christmas with the proceeds going towards a campaign to reduce dementia by banning heading the ball in football.