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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 June, 2004, 02:32 GMT 03:32 UK
Biscuit king honoured by Queen
Boyd Tunnock was rewarded for his charitable work
Boyd Tunnock was rewarded for his charitable work
Teacake king Boyd Tunnock has been made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The 71-year-old managing director of Tunnock's Bakery in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, was honoured for his services to charity.

Mr Tunnock, whose company makes some of Scotland's favourite chocolate biscuits, said he was "delighted".

"It's always a surprise when someone gives you something you're not looking for," he said.

Collection box

"I've been reasonably good to charity over the years and it's nice when that's recognised.

"But I haven't done what I've done to be recognised in this way. If you're in a position to help others, it's nice to do so.

"I'm not doing it for any other reason. I just do what I think is right and help where I can.

"Helping an old lady across the road is just as useful - even more useful - than putting 5 in a collection box."

Mr Tunnock has been chairman of Malin Court Housing Association, which runs a home for the elderly in Turnberry, Ayrshire, for the past 23 years.

He has been chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board for the West of Scotland for the past year and has held the same position on the Lifeboats of the Clyde Appeal committee.

I believe you should try to think of others before yourself. But there are many people across Scotland and the world who do that
Boyd Tunnock

His efforts have helped raise 1.3m for a new Royal National Lifeboat Institution Trent class lifeboat for Troon, which will be christened on 19 June.

The father of three daughters, who has five grandchildren, said his charity work gave him "the feel-good factor".

But the businessman - who created the Tunnocks teacake in 1960 after returning from a life in the armed services, where he climbed the ranks to cook sergeant - claimed he was no different to anyone else.

"I believe you should try to think of others before yourself. But there are many people across Scotland and the world who do that."

Tunnocks products are famous around the world
Mr Tunnock - who assumed the post of managing director of Tunnocks in 1981 after his father died - was made an MBE in 1987 for services to exporting and described the experience at Buckingham Palace as a "very nice occasion".

"It's nice to be honoured in such a fashion," he added.

Tunnocks is based in a 200,000 sq ft factory on Old Mill Road, Uddingston, Glasgow, less than 100 yards from the original site on which Thomas Tunnock - Mr Tunnock's grandfather - opened his first bakery shop and tea-room on Lorne Place, Bellshill Road, in 1890.

The company employs more than 600 staff and boasts a 29m turnover.

It churns out almost 10 million of its renowned caramel wafers and logs, snowballs and teacakes per week, some of which are shipped as far afield as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, South America, Japan and the Faroe Isles.

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