March 2, 2008
Charles hands MBE
award to Burnham-On-Sea
pensioner Arthur Gilbert proudly showed off his MBE award on Saturday
(March 1st), just a few hours after Prince Charles presented it
to him during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
reported last December how the 86-year-old Berrow Road resident
had been named in the Queen's New Year Honours after being formally
recognised for his work to charitable services.
is well-known for taking part in Burnham's annual Triathlons,
which have helped him raise thousands of pounds for charity over
the last 17 years.
travelled to London last week with sons David and Peter and daughter
Natalie for Thursday's presentation at Buckingham Palace.
in formal attire of a top hat and tails, he was handed his MBE
by Prince Charles.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The Prince was very interested
to hear about my running and asked how my ticker is!"
told him it is fine, he congratulated me and then he clipped the
medal to my lapel. It was a very special moment."
the ceremony, Arthur 'rubbed shoulders' with British actress Julie
Walters, who was receiving an CBE during the same ceremony.
saw her briefly in the crowd. It was wonderful to be there at
the same time," he said.
pictured right taking part in the 2006 Burnham Triathlon, first
got into sport in the 1970s when he began cycling to work each
day between Burnham and Weston.
got me very fit and was a good base for my triathlons, which I
first started in 1989 when I was 68."
triathlons have been an excellent vehicle for raising money for
initially raised cash for the British Heart Foundation and when
a great personal friend died of cancer, I ran several triathlons
in aid of the Imperial Cancer Research in his memory."
kept on running triathlons for charity - my most recent one was
in 2006 - and have been raising money for Musgrove Hospital since
is already in training to compete in this year's 2008 Burnham
back at Thursday's London presentation, he said: "It was
quite a day. Very memorable."