A TOWYN councillor was presented with his MBE at a “local and prestigious” ceremony in Conwy.
Cllr William Knightly was handed his insignia at Conwy County Council’s headquarters in Bodlondeb on Friday after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June.
The honour recognises his services to the community in Towyn, having served as mayor of the town and as a councillor for more than 14 years.
Cllr Knightly, who also celebrated his 70th birthday on Thursday, was presented with the honour by Lord Lieutenat of Clwyd, Harry Fetherstonhaugh, who praised his “contribution to the community over many years”.
Son Luke Knightly, aged 41, said: “This is the best birthday present he could wish for.
“I think this is extremely well deserved, and the feedback we have had from members of the public following this news has been amazing.”
Cllr Knightly was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in October 2012, which forced him to step down as chair of the North Wales Police and Crime Panel, but he still serves as a member of Conwy Council.
Mr Knightly added: “Although my father has now lost the power of speech he was visibly over the moon with the accolade and he is already looking forward to going to the garden party in the next few months.”
Cllr Knightly was instrumental in the development of the new youth facilities at the Tir Prince park in Towyn, which include an outdoor gym, a toddler area and a newly refurbished play area.
Mr Knightly added: “This area has gone through some difficulties over the years and this award for him is recognition of just how hard he has worked to make this town a better place.”
Cllr Knightly wanted a small, local ceremony in Conwy instead of attending an investiture at Buckingham Palace, and special arrangments were made to meet his request.