Speech Day

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Speech Day, more recently called Prize Giving, is a ceremony held each year for the presentation of prizes to students for work and sporting achievements from the preceding academic year.

A sample programme is as follows. In recent years more music has been added to this basic programme.

  • The Chairman of the Governors' report
  • The Headmaster's report
  • The School Song
  • Distribution of prizes
  • Guest of Honour's speech
  • Vote of thanks from the Head of School
  • National Anthem

Until the early years of the 20th century, school prizes were almost invariably presented by either the chairman of the trustees or the mayor of Boston, a notable exception being 1895, when the guest of honour was the American Ambassador. However, with the arrival of James William Dyson as headmaster, Speech Days began to assume their present pattern, with a distinguished visitor making the presentations each year.

Year Date Location Guest of Honour
1895 Thomas F. Bayard, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
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1900 Rt Rev Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln
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1913 Dr Edward L Hicks, Bishop of Lincoln
1914 Henry Hebb Sills, MA, tutor of King's Cambridge, a BGS governor
1915 J W (later Sir John) Gleed, MA, JP, chairman of Holland County Council's Higher Education sub-committee
1916 Rev J Basil Simpson, MA (former BGS student)
1917 Dr Thomas Charles Fry, Dean of Lincoln, former headmaster of Oundle and Berkhampstead Schools
1918 No speech day
1919 A Cooke Yarborough, Mayor of Boston
1920 Rev B G Nicholas, MA, Vicar of Spalding
1921 Prof A J Grant, MA, D Litt, professor of history and English, University of Leeds (former BGS student)
1922 R Cary Gibson, MA, headmaster King Edward's School, Birmingham
1923 J W Gleed (second time)
1924 Ven Ernest M Blackie, MA, Archdeacon of Stow
1925 Rt Rev J Basil Simpson, MA, DD, Bishop in Kobe (second time - former BGS student)
1926 A K Turner, Mayor of Boston
1927 Prof Frank S Granger, D Litt, MA, Vice-Principal of University College, Nottingham
1928 Gilbert Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby
1929 Charles Pelham, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
1930 Rt Rev J Basil Simpson (third time - former BGS student)
1931 Very Rev Robert A Mitchell, MA, Dean of Lincoln
1932 Instructor-Capt Thomas Slator, RN, CB (former BGS student)
1933 Arthur E Morgan, MA, Principal of University College, Hull
1934 Rt Rev William S Swayne, Bishop of Lincoln
1935 J W (later Sir James) Blindell, Holland-with-Boston MP
1936 Rt Rev Arthur I Greaves, Bishop of Grantham
1937 Harry Almond Saville Wortley, JP, MA, Principal of University College, Nottingham
1938 Walter Swain, CIE, formerly Inspector-General of Police, Province of Bihar and Orissa (former BGS student)
1939 Ven Kenneth C H Warner, DSO, MA, Archdeacon of Lincoln
1940 H W (later Sir Herbert) Butcher, Holland-with-Boston MP
1941 Rt Rev Algernon A Markham, Bishop of Grantham
1942 Judge T W Langman, OBE
1943 Lt Cdr John Cracroft-Amcotts, RN, DSC, JP
1944 March 1945 Ald Tom Kitwood, JP, chairman of the Governors
1945 December 1945 Arthur Hill, BA, former second master at BGS
1946 Canon A M Cook, MA, Sub-Dean of Lincoln
1947 Prof Joseph L Burchnall, professor of mathematics, Durham University (former BGS student)
1948 Donald Portway, TD, MA, Master of St Catherine's College, Cambridge
1949 Canon T H Cashmole, vice-president Rotary International GBI
1950 James Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (Lord Willoughby de Ereseby), HM Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
1951 Group Capt G Augustus Walker, CBE, DSO, DFC, ADC
1952 Prof J Alfred Steers, MA, professor of geography, University of Cambridge
1953 The New Theatre Group Capt Rev Francis W Cocks, RAF, chaplain to Bomber and Fighter Commands
1954 The New Theatre Brigadier N D Rice (former BGS student)
1955 The New Theatre (to be confirmed) B L Hallward, MA, Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham
1956 4 December Rt Rev Kenneth Riches, DD, Bishop of Lincoln
1957 E M W Tillyard, OBE, Litt D, FRSL, FBA, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge
1958 Charles H Wilson, MA, LLD, Vice-Chancellor of Leicester University
1959 11 December General Sir Francis W Festing, GCB, KBE, DSO, Chief of the Imperial General Staff
1960 Sir Stanley Rous, CBE, JP, secretary, Football Association
1961 Canon A M Cook, Vicar of St Botolph's, Boston
1962 Sir Herbert Butcher, Bt, MP (second time)
1963 Sir John Cockroft, OM, FRS, Master of Churchill College, Cambridge
1964 Francis CA Cammaerts, DSO, MA, Principal of Leicester Training college
1965 Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, DSO, DFC
1966 Sir Francis Hill, CBE, MA, LL M, Litt D
1967 Prof Norman Haycocks, MA, professor of education, University of Nottingham
1968 Rt Rev Ross S Hook, MC, Bishop of Grantham
1969 Prof Michael R Horne, MA, Ph D, Sc D, MICE, AMI Struct E, professor of civil engineering, Manchester University (former BGS student)
1970 Peter G Mason, MBE, MA, High Master of Manchester Grammar School
1971 Rt Rev Ian Ramsey, DD, Bishop of Durham
1972 1 November George V Cook, Director of Education for Lindsey County Council (later for Lincolnshire County Council), and Mrs Cooke
1973 Canon Julian P Thornton-Duesbery, MA, formerly Master of St Peter's College, Oxford
1974 13 December Canon Peter E Paine, JP, Mayor of Boston and Chairman of the Governors
1975 12 December E Miller, Master of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge; prizes distributed by his wife, Mrs F Miller
1976 The Centenary Methodist Church Professor H R Loyn, MA, D Litt, FSA, professor of mediaeval history, University College, Cardiff, president of The Historical Association
1977 9 December The Centenary Methodist Church RT Revd R O Goodchild, MA, Bishop of Kensington
1978 The Centenary Methodist Church Professor Peter A Young, MA, Ph D, FIMM, MAus.IMM, M Can.IMM, C Eng, professor of mining and mineral sciences University of Leeds (former BGS student)
1979 The Centenary Methodist Church Lieut Col J M Dymoke, MBE, Queen's Champion and High Sheriff of Lincolnshire
1980 The Centenary Methodist Church R M D "Bob" Rowland, head of BBC Open University Production Centre
1981 The Centenary Methodist Church James Kerr, OStJ, QPM, CBIM, Chief Constable of Lincolnshire
1982 March 1983 The Centenary Methodist Church Leonard Marsh, M Ed, Principal Bishop Grossteste College, Lincoln
1983 23 September The Centenary Methodist Church Group Captain R D Arnott RAF, Station Commander, RAF Coningsby
1984 Mrs Jean Parker, B Comm, Chairman Lincolnshire Joint Development Committee, Lincs CBI group
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1989 Trevor Brooking, former England international footballer, manager, pundit and football administrator
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1991 Helen Sharman, cosmonaut and her father John D Sharman (former BGS student)
1992 Capt (later Brig) Mark W "Bill" Dunham, Royal Marines (former BGS student)
1993 December Barry Spikings, Hollywood producer (former BGS student)
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1995 Helen Sharman, cosmonaut
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1999 Barry Spikings, Hollywood producer (former BGS student)
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2003 Mark Simmonds, MP for Boston and Skegness
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2007 Keith Alexander, director of football at Bury FC and former Lincoln City and Peterborough United manager (father of former BGS students)
2008 Rev Canon Robin Whitehead, Vicar of St Botolph's, Boston
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2011 The Centenary Methodist Church Peter Sharman, President of the Old Bostonian Association (former BGS student)
2012 21 December The Centenary Methodist Church John Cridland CBE, Director General of the CBI (former BGS student)
2013 20 December The Centenary Methodist Church Charles Hart, father of Joe Hart, footballer: Manchester City and England
2014 18 December The Centenary Methodist Church Adam Shergold On-line sports journalist for The Daily Mail (former BGS student)
2015 17 December The Centenary Methodist Church Dr Sunita R Deshmukh (former BGS student)
2016 20 December The Centenary Methodist Church Brigadier Bill Dunham CBE (former BGS student)
2017 19 December The Centenary Methodist Church Danny Butterfield (former BGS student)

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