A doctor who was named in the New Year’s Honours list is set to travel to Buckingham Palace in style to collect his MBE after one of his former patients offered him a complimentary chauffeur-driven ride.
Ray Critchlow, who runs chauffeur service Deluxe Private Hire in Wellingborough, made the offer after hearing that Dr Peter Gordon was set to receive the accolade.
He is now set to chauffeur the doctor to London in his choice of luxury vehicle – a Jaguar XJ Sovereign LWB or a Bentley Arnage – when the time comes to collect his honour.
Dr Gordon, of Wellingborough, retired from the Redwell Medical Centre in Wellingborough in 2009 but still works as a medical advisor and forensic examiner for Northamptonshire Police, a role which he has been in for 16 years.
Mr Critchlow said he remembered Dr Gordon fondly from his days as a GP and he had made a great contribution to the community in Wellingborough.
Mr Critchlow said: “Dr Gordon has done so much for the community in general.
“He is a true gentleman.
“I was over the Moon for him – an MBE isn’t something you come by every day.
“I’m very pleased he has accepted the offer.
“He has given so much to the community, whether it’s through his doctors surgeries, the police or just as an individual, he has given so much to Wellingborough, it’s time we gave something back.
“I will take him down in the style befitting Buckingham Palace to say thank you for what he has done for us.”
Mr Critchlow said he had always been happy to be booked in to see Dr Gordon when making a doctors appointment and he thought many people in Wellingborough would share his pride in the doctor receiving an MBE.
He said he had mentioned it to many of the customers at the fish and chip shop he also runs with his wife – Olympic Fish Bar in Olympic Way, Wellingborough – and lots of people had remembered Dr Gordon and said they were pleased for him after hearing the news.
Dr Gordon said he was flattered with the offer of being chauffeured in style to Buckingham Palace.
He said: “Thank you to Mr Critchlow for his kind offer – my wife will be over the Moon.”