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Quarter of a century of community service recognised

A man who has given more than a quarter of a century of selfless service to his local primary school is the latest recipient of a Boston Borough Council Service in the Community Award.

Peter Watson, of Bear Lodge, Sea Lane, Butterwick, recently retired as the chairman of the Board of Governors for Butterwick and Pinchbeck Endowed Church of England Primary School.

He was elected chairman in 2012, but prior to that he had served on the Board for more than 25 years.

Nominating him for the award, Louise Pearson, Chairman of Governors at the school, said: "He has made an enduring and selfless contribution to the school and all the children who have passed through over the last quarter of a century. This includes weekly visits to the school to mentor the staff and to serve the children. Peter has always put others before himself and has a passion for the education of children. He has always embodied the message that lies at the heart of our school, 'Children first'."

He has seen and helped guide the school through periods of great change. This includes the management of changes with three head teachers and support for all the staff in the now routine but detailed and challenging Ofsted inspections.

Peter also oversaw the growth of the school to more than 330 pupils. For most of his period he has had senior governor roles as both chairman and vice chairman. 

Louise said: "He has given 110 per cent effort. It has been a long, highly successful but little-thanked period of service."

In addition, Peter has also been a key member of the training team at Boston Swimming Club, helping generations to learn how to swim. He was at the club every Sunday, selflessly and patiently helping young people learn this key life skill.

Louise added: "His contribution has been outstanding but little noticed and this award, on behalf of all those many thousands of pupils, parents and staff associated with Butterwick Primary School and Boston Swimming Club, goes some way to help us and the community of Boston to extend our sincere thanks. We believe he embodies the nature of this award."

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Peter, left, pictured with his award which he received from Boston Mayor Cllr Stephen Woodliffe. Also pictured is Peter's wife, Anne, right.