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Ray Aldous MBE

The Toddington RBL are pleased to announce that our member Ray Aldous aged 82, has been awarded in the Queen's birthday honours list, an MBE for services to the scout movement.

Ray joined the scouts in 1944 aged 11 years and has held many positions in the scout movement since the age of 19. After completing his national service in 1954, Ray re-joined his old scout troop as their leader. 

Ray started work for an electrical company in Hitchin but then moved to Baldock. This didn't last too long so Ray re-joined his old firm in Hitchin until, due to financial difficulties, they ceased trading. This left Ray without work until a chance meeting in a pub secured him a job with Coulter electrics in Dunstable where he remained for 25 years.

Ray supplies the public address system for our remembrance service on the green in November and has done so for 20 years. Ray's eyesight is not what it used to be, so transport is arranged, and help is provided in setting up the equipment but all under Ray's watchful eye.

Ray married in 1960 but lost his wife some years ago. Ray has two daughters.

On receiving notification of the honour, Ray said he was 'Staggered and gobsmacked' at receiving such an honour and his two daughters were 'extremely proud of their father'. As we at the Toddington RBL are.  Ray will receive his honour at Buckingham Palace in November. We will be posting pictures of the event so please check the website after November.