Accolade for Bridlington-born power boss

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A Bridlington man has been awarded an Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours List.

Christopher Train, 53, grew up in Bridlington and was bestowed with the honour for his services to the gas and electricity industry through his role on the Energy Emergencies Executive Committee.

Christopher, who is now a senior director of the National Grid, said: “I’m quite humbled and flattered but in all honesty I’m delighted that the work is recognised. Clearly it is a reflection of the work of the team.

“It was particularly great to be able to give my mother a call and tell her about it.”

One of seven children, Christopher started his working life as a paper boy on the West Hill Estate, and went to Hilderthorpe Junior School and Headlands School.

He studied for a degree in Fuel and Energy Engineering at Leeds University and landed a job with Eastern Gas continuing his work with the company for many years.

Seven years ago he joined the Department for Energy and Climate Changes’ Energy Emergency Committee, which is designed to plan for energy crises and to ensure the industry is prepared with a co-ordinated response.

Despite working hard, Christopher said he regularly visits his hometown to see his parents Wilf and Joan who still live on Romyn Close in West Hill. “I still absolutely love it there,” he said.

He continued: “When I go to visit mum I still go for a run along the beach in the mornings. I particularly miss the fresh air, the seaside and all the natural beauty. It is still a joy to come back and get some fish and chips!”

Joan Train, Christopher’s mum, said: “My reaction was ‘Oh wow, well done, it’s no more than you deserve’. He has worked hard all his life, everything he has done he has worked really hard for. He has put his heart and soul into everything he has done.

“I just think he has done brilliantly, but I’ve thought that all along.

“His dad was motor mechanic all his life so he always encouraged them to work really hard and respect their bosses. He doesn’t put himself above anybody else. He keeps his feet firmly on the ground and he appreciates his roots. Everything he has achieved has been up to him.”

Christopher’s sister, Lynda who lives in Bridlington, said: “We are very proud, he grew up in Bridlington and my mum and dad are very proud.”

He has three children: Hannah, a doctor in Kent, Ben - who works as an actuary and Jenny who is a student at Sheffield University. He now lives in Solihull near Birmingham.

Nationally, 1,195 people have received an award with women representing over half those recognised.