Former Boston Grammar School pupil Brig Mark ‘Bill’ Dunham has says it is ‘terrific’ to receive his latest state honour.
Brig Dunham, who left the school in 1979, had his OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) elevated to CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2015’s New Year Honours.
It co-incides with the end of a 35-year career in HM Forces, with him retiring from the Royal Marines for a post with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Of his honour, he said: “It’s terrific, totally out of the blue.”
* Also named in the New Year Honours is ex-Standard reporter Chris Bates.
Spalding-born Chris, 66, has been made an MBE for services to the islands of Tristan da Cunha and its UK and worldwide interests.
He came to the Lincolnshire Standard on leaving school at 16, before moving onto the Lancashire Evening Telegraph in 1967.
He said he had ‘very happy memories’ of The Standard and was ‘absolutely thrilled’ with the honour.