David Sowden ESL Bingley Sea Scouts
Member of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's New Year's Honours
Extract from The Telegraph & Argus newspaper
Another winner is 76-year-old David Sowden, from Ilkley, who
has been given an MBE for services to young people through
Scouting in West Yorkshire.
Mr Sowden, a retired police officer, has been involved with
the scouts since he was a child, and has been a leader at
his current group, the 3rd Bingley Sea Scouts since the
mid-1980s and before that was a scout leader in Shipley.
He said: "I never expected anything like this at all, it
came completely out of the blue.
"For some reason someone nominated me for it, and it's hard
to explain why someone would do that as I didn't think I
have done enough to deserve that.
"I will be going to the ceremony with my daughter, and I
suppose I would like receive my award from the Queen, it
would be very nice to meet her."
Mr Sowden works with the Explorers scout group, for 14-18
year olds, and has a strong focus on marine activities, and
as a group has travelled abroad doing work, including trips
to Poland, canoeing in Sweden, sailing from the Netherlands
back to the UK, as well as doing inshore sails on Loch
Lomond and helping scouts gain their Duke of Edinburgh