Dedicated Bulwell man finally lands Queen’s Badge

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A Bulwell man has followed in the footsteps of his elder brother to earn a coveted Queen’s Badge.

George Maloney (21), of Hempshill Vale, was presented with his prestigious prize in a ceremony which took place in the Jack Wheeler suite at Meadow Lane.

The award is one of the highest accolades in the Boys Brigade movement.

George was just five-years-old when he joined the Anchor Boys, the youngest of the 32nd Nottingham Company’s Brigade sections which is based at Nuthall Methodist Church.

During his 16-year involvement George has benefitted enormously and he regards the Boys Brigade has a second home.

“I am grateful for all the opportunities that I have been given and for the friendship and support of a wonderful organisation,”he said.

“When my brother Jack was presented with his Queen’s Badge a few years ago I set myself a goal and have since gone on to emulate his achievements which makes me very proud.”he said.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Colonel David Sneath made the Queens Badge presentation to George along with is four fellow achievers from the 32nd Company who are Jonathan Langford, Joe Wainwright, Jared Thompson and Matt Williams.

The Queen’s Badge is presented in recognition of completing five required sections of a programme which is made up of individual skills, volunteering in Boys Brigade and in the local community, Physical section, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and course work.

Pete Bales, George’s B.B captain and Steve Beckworth his Company Section Leader, said: “He is a special young man who has been a brilliant ambassador for the youth movement.”