Fen Tiger Dave ‘Boy’ Green’s delight as he gets a gong in honours list ..and there’s one for the boss of city-based BGL Group – home of Aleksandr the meerkat
A BOXER known as the ‘Fen Tiger’, who used his wealth and fame to help charities, was left reeling after being named on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Dave ‘ Boy’ Green, from Eastwood, Chatteris, can now add Member of the British Empire (MBE) to his list of achievements, which include a former British and European Light-welterweight boxing championship title.
He also twice unsuccessfully fought for world titles, against Carlos Palomino in Wembley in 1977 and against boxing superstar Sugar Ray Leonard in America in 1980.
While some boxers struggle after retiring, Dave chose to immerse himself in charitable work when he hung up his gloves in 1981.
It was this commitment to charities that got the boxer nominated for the MBE.
He 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 cause 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 dreamed for a minute that I would end up getting an award like this.”
Dave was born in Chatteris and, except for one year when he moved to Sutton after getting married, he has always lived in the town.
As well as his charity work, Dave also runs the procurement, packaging and distribution company Renoak Limited in his home town.
Fellow Chatteris resident Trudy Anne Couchman (54) has received an OBE for her work in the Ministry of Defence. She has worked there for 32 years and is currently based at RAF Wyton.
For the last three years she has led a team managing a difficult move of civil servant positions to Bristol.
The award came as a shock as she was unaware of her nomination. She said: “I was so excited. I found out about six weeks ago and it has been so hard keeping it quiet. I just wanted to tell the whole world.”
JUST CHAMPION: Boxing great Dave ‘Boy’ Green, an MBE in recognition of his charity work.
CBE: BGL boss Peter
honour: Dave ‘Boy’ Green says being named on the New Year’s Honours List ranks with the glittering accolades he won during his successful boxing career. (METP-30-12-11DL030) Picture: DAVID LOWNDES.
shock: HIV/AIDS worker Maureen Adams did not expect to be on the list.