Lifetime Achievement Award
A stalwart in the Mullion community has been recognised a lifetime of dedication at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes Awards in association with South West Bottled Gas.
Peter Tonkin was awarded the ‘Lifetime achievement award’ at the ceremony which took place at Tregenna Castle Resort in St. Ives. Sponsored by the Cornwall Stop Smoking Service, the award was given to Peter for his lifesaving commitment to the Lizard area.
As a station manager volunteer and first responder for the Mullion Fire Service over many years, Peter is no stranger to responding to those in need.
Nominator Roland says that Peter is a very active and professional humble gentleman, who deserves to be acknowledged.
Roland said: “It’s important to emphasise what Peter is doing in the community to inspire the younger generation to follow in his footsteps”.
Peter said: “I’ve been in the fire service for 40 years, I loved every minute of it. I was totally gobsmacked when Pirate FM phoned up and said that I won an award because I feel it’s just part of what I do”.
Peter and his wife, Cheryl run Mounts Bay Inn in Mullion. They help raise money for the local community, providing defibrillators for the Lizard village.
Peter said: “We raise one hundred pounds a night for charities and all the local people put in what charity they want – a lot have gone towards defibrillators in the village”.
Peter is also the local assistant undertaker, caring for bereaved families in need of support.
Roland added: “Peter is a humble gentleman who can save lives but is also there to console people. He is a pillar of the community and someone to look up to”.
“Peter carries a pager, and he will disappear on a busy night when it goes off. Peter gives up his time, he will leave his business while he’s out saving lives.
“Not many people realise that he’s being doing this. He’s a really important part of villages and affected so many people’s lives.
It’s a lovely thing to know that people like Peter can turn up and sort things out”.