Community award presented to Beccles worker, volunteer and fundraiser

Waveney MP Lion Peter Aldous, Douglas Peck receiving the award from Mandy Holmes and Lion president

Waveney MP Lion Peter Aldous, Douglas Peck receiving the award from Mandy Holmes and Lion president Fred Helsdon. Picture: Beccles Lions Club, - Credit: Archant

A Beccles stalwart has been honoured with an award for his 'immense' involvement with events in the town.

Douglas Peck was presented with the Ivan Holmes Community Award at the Beccles and District Lions Club charter dinner.

Over the years he has been involved with Beccles Carnival and duck race, dog shows, variety shows, the Christmas lights and the town's popular teddy bears' picnics.

He also maintains the war memorial and prepares it every year prior to Remembrance Sunday.

He was described as 'a true worker, volunteer and fundraiser for the local community.'


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The award is made in memory of the late Ivan Holmes, who was a member of the Lions for over 35 years. It was presented by Mr Holmes' wife Mandy for the second year.

She said: 'The intention of this award is to act as an inspirational and motivational legacy, to continue Ivan's good work. I know the club received lots of nominations, and one nominee stood out amongst them all, and that was Douglas.

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'I know Ivan and Douglas had been involved with many projects in Beccles over the years and I do feel the local community benefited from it. I would also like to acknowledge and thank every other nominee for their work within the local area, which of course is all voluntary.'

Mr Peck also received £250 from the club to be given to his nominated charity - The May Centre in Beccles.

He said: 'It is completely unexpected. Ivan and myself have been involved with many projects over the years and I can say I have not known a better Lion serving his local community. I feel very honoured and moved by this award, because Ivan was such a presence within the community and to even be considered for the award is an honour let alone, receive it. It's very encouraging to see so many people doing so much for the community, long may it continue. I will treasure this award.'

Anyone who would like to make a nomination for next year's award is welcome to get in touch with the club.

Call secretary Janet Ramsden on 01502 514284 or visit www.beccleslions.org.uk.

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