TWO UNASSUMING Saddleworth heroes have received a top honour for their tireless contribution to the community.
Alan Chorlton and Mike Hall, both stalwart members of the Rotary Club of Saddleworth, have been presented with the Paul Harris award, the organisation’s highest accolade.
The surprise ceremony took place at the club’s annual charter night at The White Hart, Lydgate, attended by chair of Saddleworth Parish Council Neill Allsopp and his wife Carol, presidents from other local rotary clubs and guests.
Presenting the award to Alan Chorlton, from Dobcross, John Ainley said: “Alan has been a stalwart of the club for more than 25 years and president on two occasions.
“He works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the club runs smoothly and is always there to help.
“For many years, he has been responsible for hospitality at the Saddleworth Show and with his wife Doreen has overseen the catering arrangements.
“Together, they have held various events to raise funds for the club.
“Alan is always modest about his achievements yet devotes a great deal of his time to Rotary while running his busy planning consultancy.
“He is very much the unsung hero and well deserving of this prestigious award.”
Mike Hall, from Diggle, was described as a “local hero” by the president of the Rotary Club Stan Bowes as he presented the award.
Mr Bowes said: “The award is the highest honour a club can give to an individual.
“It’s named after the founder of Rotary International, and is granted for outstanding service to the community.
“Mike’s award was for various services, including bringing Romanian students to Britain for international camps, arranging grants to African charities, and organising Saddleworth Summer Shows.
“All this in addition to his work in Diggle over the years, with the Diggle Diamonds and Kiln Green Church,” he added.
The two recipients said they were “humbled and honoured” by the accolade.