Newton farmer John Hoyles had a date with royalty recently when he went along to Buckingham Palace to pick up his MBE.
The 74-year-old, who grows wheat, potatoes, sugar beet, beetroot and mustard on the family farm, was given the award in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to agriculture and the to the community in Wisbech.
He received his award from Prince Charles at an investiture, which also saw Welsh songstress Katherine Jenkins collect and OBE.
Mr Hoyles explained he left the family home at 5.30am to beat the fog and ensure he arrived in time for the 10am start of the special occasion.
He was accompanied by local haulier Len Priestley and afterwards met his children and grandchildren for a celebratory lunch at the Ritz hotel.
“It was a lovely day. It was not the first I had met Prince Charles and we had quite a chat. He told me he was pleased that agriculture had been recognised and asked me what I had done. I explained about my role within agriculture and the positions I have held on various farming organisations, including being chairman of the NFU sugar Board,” explained Mr Hoyles.