TWO Chatteris people have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours Lists.
Former boxer and local businessman Dave “Boy” Green has been awarded the MBE for his services to charity, something he has immersed himself in since retiring from the sport in 1981.
Mr Green is a former British and European Light-Welterweight boxing champion.
He also twice unsuccessfully fought for world titles, against Carlos Palomino in Wembley (1977) and against boxing superstar Sugar Ray Leonard in America (1980).
He is currently chairman of Renoak Ltd in Chatteris, a company he formed with his former boss Bob Emerson.
Mr Green said: “To get an MBE is up there with any boxing title I ever won. I am very proud.
“I do whatever I can to raise money for charity, and I’d have thought I’ve done at least two events a month for the last 35 years.
“Whenever I can I’ll appear as a guest of honour, take part in a golf day, or whatever I can do to help for any good cause.
“The one I am most involved in is Alzheimer’s, because my old trainer and manager Andy Smith suffered from it. I saw what that can do to somebody and it is a real tragedy.
“I have been doing events for more than three decades and must have raised millions.
“I never dreamt for a minute that I would end up getting an award like this, but its a great honour.”
Fellow Chatteris resident Trudy Anne Couchman has been awarded the OBE for her work in the Ministry of Defence.
Mrs Couchman has worked for the MoD for the past 32 years and is currently based at RAF Wyton.
For the last three years she has been heading a small team managing a difficult move of civil servant positions down to Bristol.
The OBE was a massive shock for Mrs Couchman who was unaware she had been nominated.
“I had to keep getting the letter out of the drawer to make sure it was real,” she said. “I was so excited. I found out about six weeks ago and it’s been so hard keeping it quiet. I just wanted to tell the whole world!”
However, Mrs Couchman is quick to say she is not the only person organising the move of staff and works with a dedicated group of people.
“The honour is for all those people, the whole team. I feel quite humble.
“It’s been a real opportunity to help people whose lives have been turned upside down, to really make a difference.”