A CARE home resident was "over the moon" to receive the RAF Veterans' Badge to mark his service following World War II.

Roy Hopkins, 89, served in the RAF between 1948 and 1954 as a clerk for medical corps.

He was based at Hereford School of Admin, and looked after the Polish and Czechoslovakian air force to make sure they were fit to serve.

He recently received the badge at a special presentation at Colne View Care Home in Halstead where Mr Hopkins now lives.

With help from Mr Hopkins’ son, Lyndon, the team arranged a presentation ceremony at the home to celebrate his wartime achievements.

Dafydd Thomas, from Brize Norton, and Sgt Toni Corrigan, from RAF Honnington came to Colne View to present Mr Hopkins with the badge, as a thank you for service his country more than 65 years ago.

Residents and their families had the chance to celebrate the achievement with live entertainment from the Swingtime Sweethearts, who sang a selection of 1940s and 1950s hits.

Razvan Stanbeca, home manager at Colne View, said: "Since we first met Roy, he often recalled his time serving in the armed forces.

"When Roy found out his service had been recognised with the RAF Veterans’ Badge, he was over the moon, and we were lucky enough to be able to celebrate his badge presentation with him.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to Dafydd and Toni for joining us on this special occasion."