Lion becomes Thame’s first to get special award after 34 years of service

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The longest serving member of the Thame and District Lions Club has been honoured with a special award.

Keith Lane has been a Lion for 34 years and was honoured with a Bert Mason award, one of the highest accolades a member can receive. It is the first time anyone from the Thame club has received it.

Since joining the club in 1978, Mr Lane has served in many positions, including as president in 1982/83.

Despite a 2009 stroke confing him to a wheelchair, Mr Lane has remained with the club and still takes an active interest in all its activities.

The award was presented to Mr Lane at his home (pictured) by past club president Ken Babington and the district governor Lion, John Savell. Lions Sandy Seckington, Brian Dickety, Ken Bennell and current president Simon Seckington were also present, along with members of Mr Lane’s family, including his wife, sons and grandchildren.

The Bert Mason award is presented to Lions who have shown outstanding commitment to humanitarian activities. Only 107 people have ever been awarded it.