A man who has volunteered with a safer driving charity for over 50 years has been given an award by Greater Manchester Police.
Hugh German, 86 from Bolton will be presented with Chief Constable’s Citizen’s Commendation after serving as a volunteer with the Institute of Advanced Motorists since 1966. The community spirited, former Scouts leader helped to set up the Bolton branch of the group in 1970 and since then has served as treasurer, auditor, event organiser, publicity officer and Chairman.
Still serving as an active member, the former teacher is now in his 51st year of volunteering and attends classes each week without fail in the role of observer.
He will be presented with the Chief Constable’s Citizens Commendation for his years of volunteering on 22 March at a ceremony at GMP’s Hough End Complex.
Steve Cottam, team leader for the driver training unit for Greater Manchester Police is the President of the Bolton group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and nominated Hugh for the award.
He said: “Hugh is still an active member and as enthusiastic as ever. The Bolton group is the most successful in the North-West region and is responsible for delivering thousands of driving courses for the motoring public.
“Their contribution to road safety on the roads of Greater Manchester cannot be underestimated and the key to their success is Hugh.
“He is the definition of a true gentleman and, ever the gentleman, and over the years that he has volunteered he has never asked for payment of any kind.”
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling for Greater Manchester Police, said: “Hugh epitomises community spirit. His years of volunteering for such a worthwhile service have no doubt contributed to making the roads of Greater Manchester a safer place for everyone and for that I would like to say, thank you.”
Speaking about the accolade, Hugh said: “I was both surprised and delighted to be considered for this prestigious award. For me, driving is a thoroughly enjoyable hobby and I have loved passing on what I was lucky enough to learn with great help from the Manchester Police Driving School.
“I feel very honoured to be so rewarded for simply doing something from which I have derived such satisfaction. Road safety means a lot to me and I firmly believe it will only really improve when the general standards of driving improve.”