Honoured: Alec Brader
A HORNCASTLE woman said she was "very proud and honoured" to receive an MBE for decades of public service and volunteering.
Phyllis Durow was one of nine Lincolnshire people rewarded in the New Year's Honours List.
Mrs Durow (58) is a Jobcentre Plus executive officer.
She has worked in the service for 42 years and has been a volunteer for The Prince's Trust for 10 years.
"I'm really proud actually – now I've got to buy a new hat," she said, referring to the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Alec Brader, former leader at Revesby Summer Playscheme, was also honoured for a lifetime of dedication to sport and young people has been rewarded with a MBE.
Retired teacher Mr Brader (66) from Fishtoft told the Target: "I'm hugely honoured. I'm surprised I was put forward but obviously what I have done has been appreciated by some people and I'm delighted."
Mr Brader started teaching PE at the William Lovell School in Stickney in 1965 and only retired four years ago – although he still returns to help out on a supply basis.
On top of his day job he has also spent most of his free time in the last 45 years helping to run various clubs and groups on a sporting theme.
These include Lincolnshire Schools Football Association tours of Holland and Germany each Easter, Revesby Summer Play Scheme and a host of coaching roles.
Among those to have benefited from Mr Brader's wisdom is former England goalkeeper Chris Woods while he also led Lincolnshire's under 16s football team to become champions of England in 1984.
In 2007 he was given a lifetime achievement award by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and now has a day out at Buckingham Palace to receive an even higher honour to look forward to.
He said: "Sport has been my life and to receive this honour for doing something I have enjoyed so much is a huge bonus."
Among the other awards was an OBE for former Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Tony Lake.