The starting gun may not yet have been fired in the first event of the 2012 Olympics but several men in Ashover have already been awarded medals they will treasure far more than any they might have won during the world games.
On Fathers’ Day, they received red-ribboned medals from their children engraved with the words “The world’s best daddy”.
The presentations were made during a special “Daddies Breakfast” in the village’s Bassett Rooms arranged by some of the youngest members of Ashover’s All Saints Church, the Acorns group - though they did have a bit of assistance from their adult helpers, particularly church member Andrew Lovell who headed the catering team.
The youngsters also sang a special song telling of their love.
“We always arrange something special for mums on Mothers’ Day but this was the first time we have tried anything like this for fathers,” said Mrs Janet Bonsall, who co-ordinated arrangements for the breakfast. “From the feedback we received, it was obviously much appreciated.”
The Acorns and their helpers were thanked by the Rector, the Revd. Ralph Lawrence. The youngsters then headed off to morning service where they sang another song of praise with actions which won warm applause from the congregation.
After the breakfast, one father commented: “It was a very moving occasion. The medals from our children are more valuable than anything we might have won at the Olympics.”
MEDAL MAN: Ashover dad Tim Evans with daughters Lucy (left) and Alice. Submitted photo.