National award for former chairman of the Bideford Committee of the British Empire Cancer Campaign.

A BIDEFORD man has received a national award from Cancer Research UK for his long and outstanding fundraising efforts.

Basil Pidgeon was presented with the Flame of Hope award and was named an honorary fellow of Cancer Research UK in a recent ceremony.

Mr Pidgeon spent 48 years on the Bideford Committee of the British Empire Cancer Campaign, becoming chairman in 1971.

He retired from the post at the age of 80 last year, having raised help the committee raise more than £204,000 in that time.

Mr Pidgeon was presented the award by Bideford Mayor Simon Inch in front of family and friends during a ceremony in the town hall.