Hartlepool hero rubs shoulders with royalty – and gets cheeky selfie with James Corden

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Simpson and daughter Hannah in their selfie with actor James Corden
Lieutenant Colonel Ian Simpson and daughter Hannah in their selfie with actor James Corden

A proud Army officer from Hartlepool rubbed shoulders with royalty and funnynman James Corden when he picked up his MBE for his work in the treatment of war casualties.

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Simpson, 52, was awarded the honour in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his achievement, commitment and services to the military and the management of military casualties.

He has now been presented with the MBE by Princess Anne after travelling to Buckingham Palace with is family. Lieut Col Simpson, of the Royal Army Medical Corps Army Reserve, said: “My family and I, my wife Pamela, my son Adam and daughter Hannah went to Buckingham Palace and I received my award from the Princess Royal.

“I also met James Corden who was a lovely guy, really engaging and very down to earth, I got a selfie with him and my daughter.”

Cordon, who is now working in Los Angeles, where he presents a late night talk show, picked up his OBE for services to drama at the same ceremony.

Lieut Col Simpson, from Clover Drive, Hartlepool, joined the Army in 1979 and has treated military patients all over the world including Germany, Cyprus, The Balkans, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia, Kenya, Hong Kong, and Belize, on the East Coast of Central America, the Gulf and Namibia.

Lt Col Ian Simpson at Buckingham Palace after receiving his MBE from Princess Anne

Lt Col Ian Simpson at Buckingham Palace after receiving his MBE from Princess Anne

Speaking at the time his award was announced, he said: “You never think you are worthy of anything like that, you just think ‘me?’

“I come from a very working class background. My dad was a miner and my mam was a shop worker, my mam would have been over the moon with this and I wish she could have been here to see it.”

He is a regular at Lifestyle Fitness gym, at Hartlepool Marina, which has given him free membership.

You never think you are worthy of anything like that, you just think ‘me?’

Lt Col Ian Simpson
Lt Col Ian Simpson and wife Pamela outside Buckingham Palace

Lt Col Ian Simpson and wife Pamela outside Buckingham Palace