Knocked out

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

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.”

Pic­ture: DAVID LOWN­DES

JUST CHAM­PION: Box­ing great Dave ‘Boy’ Green, an MBE in recog­ni­tion of his char­ity work.

CBE: BGL boss Peter

Winslow.

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.

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