Honour for Forfar man

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A 92-year-old Forfar man has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Bert Shepherd receives his award for his services to hospital and commercial radio over a 30-year period.

Mr Shepherd applied to join Radio North Angus as a production assistant at Stracathro in April 1982, and subsequently helped with the programmes broadcast on Friday and Saturday between 7.30 pm and 10 pm, which included visiting patients and collecting requests for both programmes

On the retiral of the existing presenter in 1984, he volunteered to present the Saturday programme whilst continuing to be the production assistant for Friday evenings.

He continued in both roles travelling initially from Newtyle, and latterly from Forfar, regardless of the weather conditions.

RNA transferred from hospital to commercial radio status in November 1998, and he transferred to the Arbroath radio station in 2000 to present both the Wednesday and Friday lunchtime programmes.

His programmes consisted principally of Nostalgia and Scottish music, of which he has expert knowledge, and, together with his continual cheery disposition, he attracted a large audience mainly in the middle and elderly age groups.

He proved to be immensely popular with the audience and colleagues and participated in fund-raising activities at various locations throughout the county.

The station management has received many complimentary comments on Bert throughout the years.

“We are delighted that his services to our organisation and to the Scout movement as a District Commissioner has been recognised formally with the award of the British Empire Medal to Mr Shepherd,” comments Malcolm Finlayson, managing director of Radio North Angus Limited.