Four dedicated Broxtowe residents have been have been awarded one of the highest honours available and their service to the community was celebrated at a special ceremony.
Nuthall fundraiser Jessie Clarke and Newthorpe resident Patrick Hamilton joined Ron Faulks and Barry Thorley to be declared Honorary Freemen in the Borough of Broxtowe.
Every four years the borough bouncil recognises the outstanding contributions of local people by admitting them as Honorary Freemen or Aldermen of the Borough – the two highest honours that this Council can bestow.
Retired teacher and cancer survivor Jessie Clarke has raised more than £415,000 for Cancer Research UK and launched the Nuthall and Kimberley branch of the charity but she was still shocked to be presented with the award.
The 89-year-old said: “It was a very big surprise – I was completely taken aback by it.
“I did the fundraising because I felt it was an important cause which was close to my heart.”
“I am very honoured and very grateful to have received this award and I would like to express my gratitude to all those people in the local community who have supported me over the years.”
Fellow Freeman Patrick Hamilton, 79, of Newthorpe was awarded the honour for his dedication to numerous commities in the local community.
The former painter and decorator has taken on many roles including President of the Eastwood and District Probus Club and a Citizens Advice Bureau adviser.
He said that the ceremony last Thursday was very overwhelming and he was pleased to have his wife and children with him.
He added: “When I first recieved the letter I thought it was a joke.
“I am really deeply honoured because it is not given out lightly.”
Leader of the Council, Milan Radulovic said: “These people have all served their communities unstintingly over many years and have given their time freely, way above the call of duty.”
Ron Faulks, 96, was celebrated for his tireless work with the D.H Lawrence society and organising a commemoration service at Westminster Abbey, and Barry Thorley has worked with local charities for 40 years.