A MAN who used to live in Bourne has been honoured for his dedication to the Royal Air Force.
Flt Sgt Malcolm Lipton, who lived in Queens Road, Bourne, received the chief of staff’s operation commendation during an honours and awards ceremony held at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland.
Air Vice-Marshal Sandy Hunter presented Flt Sgt Lipton with the award, which was announced in the Queen’s birthday honours list last year.
Mal, 54, as he is better known to his friends and colleagues, was delighted and said: “I joined the RAF more than 33 years ago to travel the world.
“It has certainly been an adventure I will never forget.”
Mal joined the RAF in 1978. His career began as a driver, and during his time he has worked his way up the ranks to Flt Sgt.
Throughout his career he has served on active operational tours, including Bosnia and Iraq, and he has served in Cyprus and Belgium as well as at various stations throughout the UK.
His parents Marion and Alan Coffey, who live in Drummond Road, Bourne, were guests at the ceremony.
Mum Marion said they were delighted to be involved. She said: “He is a wonderful son and we are very proud of his achievements.
“Mal has loved being in the RAF since he joined at the age of 21 and he has worked so hard to get to where he is now.
“This commendation is marvellous for him and he really deserves it.”
Mal was pleased his parents attended and added: “I would like to thank Joan my wife and my parents Marion and Alan for always being there and supporting me throughout my career and for coming up from Bourne to see me receiving my award on this special occasion.”
Mal and Joan’s two sons James, 29, and Matthew, 27, both attended Bourne Grammar School. They have since moved away from the area.