Iain’s Armed Forces work recognised

The retirement of a founder member of the North Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Steering Group has been marked with a special presentation.

Iain Norris has retired from the steering group and at his last meeting the group’s chairman, Cllr Peter Bryant, paid tribute to all he has achieved.

As a member of the steering group Iain was instrumental in the conception and formation of the Armed Forces Covenant in North Somerset and the hugely successful Armed Forces Weekend.

Iain, who has been awarded the MBE and MSM (Meritorious Service Medal), was Station Warrant Officer at RAF Locking for many years, responsible for the day-to-day running and discipline of the station. Following the closure of the Locking base, he finished his RAF career as Station Warrant Officer at RAF Lyneham.

Since his retirement from the RAF he has been heavily involved in the Royal Air Forces Association and has been secretary of the Weston-super-Mare branch for many years. He is also a staunch supporter and promoter of the Cadet Forces and in particular 290 Squadron, the local Air Cadet Squadron.

In recognition of his support and commitment to Armed Forces causes in North Somerset, Cllr Bryant presented Iain with a certificate.

“Iain has been a stalwart member of the steering group. His input over the years has been invaluable and will be greatly missed,” said Cllr Bryant, North Somerset Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

“As a member of the Armed Forces Day team of willing volunteers, Iain has put in a massive amount of time and effort to bring Weston and North Somerset the biggest and best Armed Forces event in the South West. Even the might of the City of Bristol last year acknowledged they couldn’t compete with Weston’s event.”