Ferrybridge’s Mike Till receives his award of an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen

In January Mike Till who works in our Ferrybridge C Power Station discovered he was to be awarded an MBE for services to the energy sector and the community in Castleford

Earlier on this week Mike officially received his MBE from Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle and takes us through his day.


Having been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours I was invited along to Windsor Castle on 14 April 2015.

I had no idea ahead of the ceremony who was to present the award until it was confirmed at the briefing on the day, but I had a good idea as the Royal Standard was flying at the Castle indicating Her Majesty was in residence.  It just couldn’t get any better.

As you move forward from the briefing room you pass through State rooms and have an opportunity to see many of the masterpieces from the Royal Collection.

At the start of the ceremony The Queen enters the large Waterloo Chamber attended by two Gurkha Orderly Officers and members of The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard.  Music is played throughout by the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra.

As you would imagine it was quite a formal occasion, but the Officers on Duty were there to help proceedings run with military precision and maintain a friendly atmosphere.  It was quite a daunting prospect being filmed and photographed in front of the large audience of family and friends, especially when it’s your turn to take centre stage. I presented myself to Her Majesty in the official manner to receive my medal and then had a short conversation, before finally shaking hands and exiting.  Although it all went well, it was over very quickly.

When all the awards had been presented, Her Majesty left the room with her Officers and then the recipients join their guests for a tour of the State rooms.

Once outside there was an opportunity for personal photography with the magnificent setting of the Castle as a back drop.  Weather on the day couldn’t have been better with glorious sunshine.

My thanks go out to all those involved in the build-up to this wonderful day.  Certainly a once in a life-time experience.