A STALWART of the Sandsend community says he is embarassed to have been mentioned in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Dougie Raine has been awarded a Britism Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in Sandsend but he told the Gazette he would rather people wrote about the team he has working around him.
The 65-year-old said: “I feel a bit embarrassed. It is quite an honour but the people who have made me are those I have worked with in my life. I have been very fortunate. I could not have done it without the team.”
Dougie ran Sandsend Stores in the village for over 40 years and has been at the forefront of a project to bring the community back together after it was decimated by the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001.
He is chairman of Sport Mulgrave, a purpose-built facility to provide football, athletics, bowling and other activities to the whole community.
It has literally been built up from nothing and now caters for Loftus runners, six junior football teams, two senior teams and junior, senior and evening cricket teams.
In his time Dougie himself has played for Goldsbrough FC and Mulgrave cricket team as well as setting up and coaching junior teams.
He also spent 19 years with the Kettleness Coastguard and was asked to stay on after the usual retirement age.
Speaking about his award, Dougie added: “I got a letter from the Cabinet office and just didn’t know what to think and I still don’t know who has put this up but once it sank in it was a nice surprise.”
Despite remaining modest Dougie and wife Irene were given some star treatment at the Magpie Restaurant on Saturday night after the news of his recognition was made public. The couple arrived to find their table had been decorated and trimmed up especially.