It was standing room only as Sir Alex Ferguson visited Aberdeen for a special Boys’ Brigade event.
The Aberdeen and District Battalion saw youngsters from across the North-east given the President’s Badge or the Queen’s Badge, the Boys’ Brigade’s highest honour.
More than 30 youths were handed awards by the footballing great, following years of hard work and dedication.
The President’s Badge can be obtained by 15-year-olds while the Queen’s is for 16- to 18-year-olds.
Both require a commitment to community service.
Sir Alex has been honorary vice-president of the Aberdeen battalion for 30 years.
Speaking to the Evening Express at the event, he said: “The great thing about the Boys’ Brigade is, as you see from the young guys here today, how well they are presented.
“It’s great Christian values, there’s a good discipline about it, it’s a good step forward in terms of creating a character you can take anywhere.
“I had eight years in the Life Boys then the Boys’ Brigade.
“And it’s starting to grow again which is the great thing.”
At the battalion’s headquarters on Crimon Place yesterday, the boys, from companies in Aberdeen, Ellon, Stonehaven, Udny Green and Skene, heard from Bill Stevenson, director for the Boys’ Brigade in Scotland, along with Sir Alex.
Sir Alex was happy to be in the Granite City.
He said: “I come up fairly regularly, to see friends you know. Probably two or three times a year. I was up at Christmas time.”
Strictly on Boys’ Brigade business, he declined to comment on the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager.