A FORMER bank cashier who has committed more than 50 years to working as a volunteer treasurer has been named as a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM).

Norman Wileman, 80, began offering his bookkeeping services to the Kendal Squadron Air Training Corps 58 years ago and the organisation nominated him for his services to the community.

"I wasn't in the RAF," he said. "But I worked for 43 years for Martins bank. I just like doing the work as treasurer."

Mr Wileman also acted as treasurer for Kendal Amateur Operatic Society, Kendal Dramatic Society and Kendal Old Folks Treat and was one of the first readers for the South lakes Talking Newspaper.

Mr Wileman has been a member of Grange Drama, Burneside Village Players and Lakes Players.

He has appeared in around 100 performances, as well as taking on other production roles. He is still a member of Kendal Operatic Society and Grange Drama.

Mr Wileman said that he was 'very pleased' to have been recognised.

"I couldn't believe it," he said. "I had to read the letter three times."