A BLACKSMITH from the Moorlands has been recognised for his work in the community at an awards evening. Jim Plant from Cheadle has been a metalworker since 1974 and has contributed many pieces of architecture to the town over the years. He was presented with the Business Contribution to Volunteering Award in honour of his contributions at the Staffordshire Moorlands Volunteer Awards 2019 held at Westwood Golf Club in Leek, recently. The awards are hosted by Support Staffordshire.
Mr Plant told the Times and Echo how he had no idea he was in line for the prize.
He said: “I was very surprised when I found out.
“I knew nothing about it at all, I never expected it, so it was a nice surprise.”
The former quarry worker explained what pieces of welding and crafting he had done for Cheadle during the years. He said: “One of the first things I did was an equatorial sun dial that’s on the recreation ground to mark the royal wedding in 1981.
“I also made a tree guard for the Queen’s diamond jubilee of the royal oak tree there as well.
“I did the sphere on the car park in town and planted a lot of trees from seed on the recreation ground too.”
While Mr Plant was quick to dismiss the title of being a “local hero,” he did admit “it’s nice to do something for the town and that’s what its all about really.”
The 75-year-old, who regularly trims the hooves of the three donkeys he owns, has lived in Cheadle all of his life and said he “still lives in the same room that I was born in.”
Mr Plant’s career has spanned over 45 years but he says he has no plans of stopping.
“You’ve got to keep going,” he stated.
“I could do with another interesting project, something different.
“I like the unusual.”
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