Honour for veteran Lion

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A LONG serving member of a Hartlepool charity has been presented with its highest honour for his years of dedication.

Hartlepool Lions member Fraser Tarbitt was awarded with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for his service to the charity.

Fraser has been an active member of Hartlepool Lions Club for 27 years and has undertaken almost all of the club officer duties, and various roles at district level.

The award was particularly in recognition of his 16 years as district secretary of Lions District 105 North East.

Sadly, Fraser had to give up the post due to ill health.

He has been club president on 10 occasions.

Fraser was presented with the award by the club’s past International director Phil Nathan MBE, and district governor Alan Deacon of District 105 North East.

Mike Dowson, Hartlepool Lions president, said: “The Melvin Jones Fellowship award is the highest accolade that can be awarded to serving Lions members, and it was fitting that this award was presented to him by two of the highest ranking Officers in our district.”

Lions clubs are an international network of men and women who work to improve communities across the world.