A SCARBOROUGH sailor with more than 30 years service has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Glen Young, 47, was recommended for the honour by the First Sea Admiral for his contribution to the development of the Royal Navy’s physical fitness agenda.
The former Friarage and Raincliffe pupil, who is now based at HMS Temeraire in Portsmouth, said he was told the news about 10 days before the official announcement and it had been hard to keep it quiet.
He said: “I was absolutely delighted. When the letter comes it states you can tell your immediate family but for everyone else it’s a secret. My daughters didn’t even know.”
The Warrant Office First Class (Physical Training) officer said he felt that the discipline his career had provided helped in keeping the secret.
He said: “I wasn’t overwhelmed, from my point of view, but you want to scream and tell everyone but it’s the protocol.”
WO Young was born in Hull and his family moved to Scarborough to run a guesthouse in Trafalgar Square.
He joined the service in 1980, when he was 16-years-old, and served in the Falklands campaign where his ship, HMS Antrim, was hit by an enemy bomb.
“I think the experience was life changing to be honest,” he said. “We were the first ship to take South Georgia – that was pretty easy – but the Falklands was a different story.”
The MBE award is his seventh medal and he has served in a number of campaigns during his career including the first Gulf War and Kosovo.
He is also involved in training naval teams for the traditional Army/Navy field gun races which have been victorious at events such as the Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo.
“We’ve won it for the last three years and there is a rivalry. A competition takes place every year in Portsmouth for 24 teams and this year we broke the world record with a time of 1min and 17.78secs. It has a 140 year history,” he said.
WO Young, who is married to Leona and has two daughters – 17-year-old Charley and 11-year-old Georgie – said he had the “best mum in the world”.
His mother Irene, who lives in Tennyson Avenue, added: “The whole family is just really proud of him for what he has achieved.”