Jim lost for words following his visit to the CapitalClub President Jim Betmead was honoured with an MBE at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday afternoon.
He was recognised for reforming Fleetwood Town Football Club as well as his outstanding work in the local community.
It’s another accolade in the Club’s recent success, and one which Betmead will treasure for the rest of his life.
In an interview with the Club website, he said: “I received my MBE at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday afternoon for recognition of my work in the local community.
“It was partly to do with me reforming Fleetwood Town Football Club but also with my work at DWP in the town centre.
“The experience was absolutely amazing. When you’re a kid and your parents take you to Buckingham Palace you look through the gates, but to be allowed in and go through to the main ballroom where a number of famous functions have taken place through the years is surreal.
“It was an accolade that took me by surprise but one I carry with pride now.
“It’s difficult to put into words really when you’ve got three letters after your name now, but it’s fantastic.
“I’m very proud and my family are too, but it’s another nice accolade for the Club as well.
“Although I’m the lucky recipient of this honour, it is also for the people of Fleetwood and the supporters of the Club.
“We are all living the dream at this Club and I thank Andy Pilley for everything he has done.”