Monday, October 14, 2013
The founder of what was once one of Exmouth’s largest employers, Pankhurst Engineering, has been honoured by Rotarians for a half-century of fundraising for charitable causes.
At a special ceremony the Rotary Club of Exmouth & District toasted their most senior member, John Pankhurst.
Now aged 90, Mr Pankhurst joined the club on September 30, 1963, as the young businessman who founded the company which specialised in special dies, tools, jigs, and fixtures.
The engineer, whose business success gave rise to the Pankhurst Close industrial estate in Littleham, has given 50 years of ‘service above self’ to the local and international community.
He was president of the club in 1968-1969 and initiated a major project in 1985 to raise funds for the needy of the world.
For his service he was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow, named in honour of Rotary’s founder.
His 50 years of service was recognised by the current president of Rotary International, Ron Burton, and his letter to Mr Pankhurst was presented by the club president, Brian Drake, following the toast.
Mr Drake said: “John, who is nearing his 91st birthday, remains an active member and manages to ride his bike from Lympstone to club meetings in Exmouth on good weather days!”