A FORMER Royal Air Force technician from Little Paxton is set to be given the highest honour from the RAF Association.

Neil Donoghue, who has been a member of the RAFA for more than 20 years and chairman of the St Neots branch for the last seven, will be just one of six men in the country to receive one of the National Presidential Certificates.

Mr Donoghue, 63, of Sweeting Avenue, joined the RAF in 1965 where he became a ground communications electronic technician, serving as far afield as Cyprus before moving to Little Paxton in 1985, mainly working at RAF Henlow.

He became involved with the St Neots RAFA branch when he moved to the area, retiring from the RAF in 2004.

Mr Donoghue, who has two daughters and a 16-year-old granddaughter, Alicia, said he was "surprised and thankful" to receive the award.

He said: "The club is one of three forces organisations involved in the town and it's a real honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award."

Mr Donoghue will receive the certificate in Blackpool next year from the president of RAFA.