A volunteer who spends countless hours helping others has been honoured with an award in recognition of his service to the community.
Alan Caine has lived in Caistor for the past 24 years and during that time has become immersed in the town’s life.
A former town mayor and serving councillor - both at town and district levels - the 65-year-old also heads up the Caistor Goes... Events committee and is involved in countless other organisations.
The Rotary Club of Market Rasen’s award should have been made at last night’s Carol Concert, but Alan was unable to attend, as he was chairing a meeting.
“The community service award is all about people who really put something back in to the community and Alan certainly does that,” said Rotarian Ray Pearson, chairman of the community committee.
“He gives up countless hours of his time, not just for Caistor, but the area as a whole and never asks for a reward.
“He accepts criticism and acts on it. The fact he was unable to be at the concert as he was chairing a meeting speaks for itself - Alan is an ideal recipient of the community award.”
On hearing he had been honoured in this way, the usually vocal Alan was left “stumped and humbled”.
“I don’t know what to say; it is usually me presenting people with awards, not the other way around,” he said.
But he wanted it to be made clear he was only part of a much larger team.
“On my own I would be as much use as a chocolate teapot,” he said, “but as part of a team, along with a lot of other people, we have turned this town into the success it is today.”
One of Alan’s biggest successes over the years has been the annual street party.
“It started in 1997 as a small picnic for the Caistor Lion and since then has grown like Topsy,” he added.
The award will be presented to Alan at a Rotary meeting in the new year.