A Cockenzie and Port Seton community stalwart has been presented with his British Empire Medal (BEM).

Archibald Johnston, better known as Archie, was awarded the BEM for his service to the community at the King’s Birthday Honours in June.

He was joined by his family and friends at an investiture ceremony at his home on November 19, when Roderick Urquhart, Lord Lieutenant for East Lothian, presented him with the award on behalf of King Charles III.

Archie had been recognised for his voluntary work in Cockenzie and Port Seton. He can trace his family back 200 years and they have always been in the fishing industry.

Archie is now retired from commercial fishing but continues to be a dynamic member of the community. Over the years, he has been closely involved with Cockenzie Parish Church, Port Seton Harbour Commissioners, Longniddry Golf Club, Scottish Fisheries Museum, Boatie Blest Heritage, Boatie Blest Community Rowing Club, Port Seton Fishermen’s Association, Cockenzie and Port Seton Gala and Cockenzie and Port Seton Box Meeting.

Archie was responsible for the revival of this village tradition in 2013 and continues to chair the organising committee.

He is also a regular visitor to local schools, where he passes on his knowledge and stories of fishing heritage.

Archie was noted by the Lord Lieutenant as an individual who had always gone above and beyond in his service to his community.