Former town mayor given empire medal

From left to right: Audrey Atterby, Clarry Atterby and the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis.
From left to right: Audrey Atterby, Clarry Atterby and the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis.

A former Boston mayor, who earlier this year was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, has now been presented with that very award.

Clarry Atterby, 89, was given the award in June for his many years of voluntary political service.

His medal and certificate were presented on behalf of the Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis at a recent ceremony at the Boston Conservative Club, in Main Ridge.

The event was attended by four generations of the Atterby family along with friends and representatives from organisations Mr Atterby had been associated with over the years.

When the award was announced in June, Mr Atterby was president of Boston Conservative Association and had celebrated his platinum wedding anniversary with wife Audrey in March this year.

He told The Standard the medal was an honour he would share with his wife of 70 years.

“It has been very much a joint effort with my wife, all the work we have done for the party,” he said.

“We shall have to share the ribbon. All through our political lives we have always done these things together and she was a very good mayoress.”

At the presentation of his award, Dudley Bryant, who had nominated Mr Atterby for the award told those attending about Mr Atterby’s life in a This is Your Life-style 

Son Richard then gave his perspective of what it had been like growing up with a ‘hard-working and public-spirited’ father.

He also praised the ‘loyal and unswerving’ support his mother had always given to his father.

Following the speeches there was a champagne toast and guests enjoyed a buffet meal.

Mr Atterby has worked for the Conservative Party for 60 years.

Mr Atterby served on Boston Borough Council for 14 years, becoming mayor in 1968, and was also an alderman, a title that disappeared with the 1974 reorganisation of local government.

He is also a long standing member of Lindis Lodge of Freemasons and has been involved in the Conservative Association and the Scouts.

Mr Atterby and wife Audrey are well known for the businesses they ran in the town’s Emery Lane.

Mr Atterby took over his father’s gentleman’s outfitters, Atterby and Young, while Audrey, 88, ran a children’s clothes shop called Young Ones.

They retired 25 years ago and have three sons, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.