Earning a Gateway to the past

Richard Thornalley receiving his award from Karen Struthers, with members of Rase Heritage Society - Caroline Foster, brian Ward and Brenda Overton
Richard Thornalley receiving his award from Karen Struthers, with members of Rase Heritage Society - Caroline Foster, brian Ward and Brenda Overton
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An interest in the history of Market Rasen has earned one resident an award.

Richard Thornalley has been working on his Gateway Award for several years with community group Friendship Lincs.

Having already earned his Bronze and Silver level awards, Richard has now received the Hobbies section of his Gold Award.

Over the past nine months, Richard has teamed up with members of Rase Heritage to work on The History of Market Rasen to prepare a portfolio of historical pictures and articles, as well as taking up to date photographs of the town.

He also interviewed many people and used the town’s library for study and internet use.

At the end of his project, he gave a presentation to members of the Friendship Club at Market Rasen’s Salvation Army Centre.

“Richard has worked very hard on this project and has done some excellent work,” said Karen Struthers, Hon Charity Manager for Friendship Lincs.

“We are all very proud of him.”

Similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Gateway Award is a Mencap Award, open to anyone, with no age limit.