SQUADRON Leader Peter Finney has received a royal honour for his services to the Air Training Corps.

Mr Finney, 82, from Ollerton, was presented with Her Majesty’s Certificate of Meritorious Services from David Briggs, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, at a ceremony at Ness Gardens.

Mr Finney is treasurer of the squadron civilian committee at 2056 (Knutsford) Squadron Air Training Corps.

Mr Briggs said: “Squadron Leader Finney is one of few people who have sustained an interested in the ATC over five decades.

“He is still as enthusiastic today as when he joined. His character and can-do attitude inspire those around him, his knowledge is astounding and his advice invaluable to the less experienced.”

Mr Briggs said Mr Finney had worked tirelessly over the years to help many squadrons manage and raise much-needed funds to support activities and equipment for the cadets.

He added: “His enthusiasm has never waned, and he is as committed as ever to ensuring the ATC provides invaluable experience to the young men and women of Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

“Squadron Leader Finney, in his civilian role since leaving uniformed service, has been as active and enthused as when he wore uniform.

“He has tirelessly supported the Air Training Corps in Cheshire and Manchester, helping out on the civilian side of the organisation for the past 22 years.

“Deputy chairman of The Wing Executive Committee, he attends squadron meetings in addition to his own squadron, and is constantly on hand for advice.”

Mr Finney served in the RAF in the mid 1950s, and joined the ATC in Cheshire Wing as a volunteer reserve (training) officer.

In 1996 he retired and took up a post as civilian chairman with 145 (Altrincham and Hale) Squadron, which he held for 10 years before moving to 2056 (Knutsford) Squadron.