A retired Army cadet captain who lives in Girvan was recently rewarded for his years of service.
George McFarlane, who turned 85 earlier this month spent 27 years with the cadets in Dalry, North Ayrshire between 1970-1997, starting off as a Sergeant Instructor.
And in a ceremony held at Yemonary House in Ayr, George was presented with a gold medal by Brigadeer Simon Allan, the officer in charge of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
When George moved to Dalry in 1970 due to his civil servant job he was taken on as a sergeant instructor with the town’s cadet force under the guidance of Colonel Michael Borwick, who was based at Blair House.
Eventually George reached the rank of captain during his service in a period where they were badged The Royal Scots Greys when George first joined, before the Greys amalgamated with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
During his time the cadets were invited to visit the Army unit who were based at Sennelager in Germany to train with them for two weeks.
The cadets were also treated to a surprise on their visitwhen they got a helicopter trip to the Mohne Dam on the same flight path the Dambusters used during their daring WW2 raid. The Cadets saw the rebuilt dam, which is what the Dambusters saw before the bombed it.
George says that when they returned to Dalry for a cadet meeting, 20 new recruits were waiting to join as they wanted to fly in helicopters but they soon drifted away when they learned it wasn’t a weekly event.
George also revived the local branch of the Royal British Legion during his time in Dalry and became secretary for Ayrshire, where he put forward a motion that the legion should observe Holocaust Day on January 27 each year. The motion was carried by 100% and now is observed across the world.
George started life as a telegram boy during World War Two and at the age of just 13, had to tell parents their son had been killed in action.
His civilian job was as a civil engineer, which took him to Dalry.
Since moving back to Girvan, George sadly lost his wife last year but he keeps himself active and joined the local History club which he finds very interesting and also helps to keep him busy.