Lions’ pride after receiving top honours

Under 2000's | By | On August 25, 2012

FROM BURY TIMES – SUNDAY 13 JULY 2008

Three of a kind: Pictured with their Fellowship awards are (from left): Peter Hepburn, Jimmy Hill, Graham Duce, the current president of Peel Lions, and Ian CoughlinThree of a kind: Pictured with their Fellowship awards are (from left): Peter Hepburn, Jimmy Hill, Graham Duce, the current president of Peel Lions, and Ian Coughlin

TOP honours have been awarded to Ramsbottom’s very own three Lions.

Peter Hepburn, Jimmy Hill and Ian Coughlin have notched up a combined service of 108 years with the Lions Clubs International Foundation — the world’s largest volunteer service organisation with branches all over the globe.

Both Peter and Jimmy have been members of the Peel Lions in Ramsbottom for 35 years while Ian, a retired police officer, has completed 38 years’ membership.

In recognition of their long service, the trio were presented with the Foundation’s highest award, the Melvin Jones Fellowship, which honours members’ commitment, generosity, compassion and concern for the less fortunate.

Peter (73) is a retired sales manager who lives in Kay Brow, Ramsbottom, and is a past president of the club. Jimmy Hill, aged 61, of Oxford Street, Bury, is a financial advisor who has been president three times. And retired bobby Ian (73), of Garnett Street, Ramsbottom, joined Bury Lions in 1970 until 1973 when he transferred to the Windermere English Lakes club. In 1987, he moved to Ramsbottom and joined the Peel Lions. He has also been president on one occasion.

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