When Papplewick resident Colin Tinker received an invitation to be the guest speaker at Hucknall Rotary Club, he was all set to share his experiences of National Service to the gathered company at the Horse and Groom, Linby.
But the Hucknall Rotarians had a different agenda and “employed subterfuge” to get Mr Tinker (77) to attend their meeting.
For, just as the retired insurance claims advisor was about to deliver his speech, Club President Tony Gluchowski interrupted him and informed him of the true purpose of the evening.
Hucknall Rotary Club were about to present their Citizen of the Year award for 2014 and he had been nominated as a worthy recipient for the many years of voluntary work and service he has given the local community.
Mr Tinker said: “I was totally surprised by it all.
“I had gone along to do my speech.
“I did wonder though why some of my neighbours were there.
“You don’t do things just for awards, you do it for the community.”
And he added: “ I think it’s a case of you get out what you put in.”
Mr Tinker has carried out a number of roles, including being President of the Royal British Legion in Papplewick and Linby, and co-ordinating the annual Poppy Appeal, being an active member and former President of Probus, being President and Trustee of Papplewick & Linby Cricket Club for a number of years and a verger at St James Church, Papplewick.
Club President Tony Gluchowski yesterday told the Dispatch: “We are delighted to name Colin Tinker as our Citizen of the Year, as he is most deserving of the honour of being Citizen of the Year.”