Bernard Cribbins collects OBE from Princess Royal

media captionBernard Cribbins accepts his OBE from the Princess Royal. Footage courtesy of British Ceremonial Arts

Veteran actor Bernard Cribbins, who narrated cult children's show The Wombles, has been appointed an OBE.

The star, whose credits also include 1970's The Railway Children, received the honour for his services to drama.

He said he had a "lovely, wee chat" with the Princess Royal, who presented him with the honour at Windsor Castle.

The 82-year-old said he had no intention of retiring, adding: "I love it, I can't stop, why should I? I'm still able to read and write."

Cribbins provided the voices for Uncle Bulgaria, Tobermory and Orinoco in the popular 1970s series The Wombles.

The actor said it was "lovely" working on the show, which was based on a book of the same name.

image captionBernard Cribbins appeared alongside David Tennant in the 10th series of Doctor Who

"I enjoyed it enormously, it was great fun - but the reaction since is what is enjoyable, " he added.

"I can almost identify people's ages just by what they are saying. It was a very nice episode in my career."

Recent appearances have included roles in major TV shows such as Coronation Street and Doctor Who.

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