Champion Raine’s day in the sun

Dougie Raine with his British Empire Medal
Dougie Raine with his British Empire Medal

COMMUNITY champion Dougie Raine of Sandsend keeps the medal he was awarded in the Queen’s birthday honours in a drawer.

He’s very proud of his British Empire Medal but Dougie (65) is a modest man and is not the sort to make a fuss about it.

Dougie was awarded the medal for voluntary work in the community. He is chairman of Sport Mulgrave which provides football, athletics, bowling and other activities to the entire community.

When he first learnt he was to be given the medal Dougie confessed to being embarrassed about it and stressed that he couldn’t have done it without the help of many other people.

He said: “I’ve been very lucky - people have been so kind and helpful.”

Well-known in the area Dougie ran Sandsend Stores for 40 years and for 19 years he was also with Kettleness coastguard service.

Something of a sportsman himself he used to play for Mulgrave cricket team and Goldsborough FC and also set up and coached junior teams.

He was part of a group of award winners who were presented with their medals by Lord Crathorne at County Hall in Northallerton and he said: “It was a fantastic day. Lord Crathorne spoke about what everyone had done and we all enjoyed it.”

Dougie’s wife Irene with their two sons and their partners were also present at the ceremony.

Afterwards they had a family celebration at The Hart Inn in Sandsend and Dougie said they were grateful to the landlord and staff for their generosity.