When Cessnock’s Laurie Ellis retired from the mines 23 years ago little did he know his links with the industry would still be as strong.
He joined the Cessnock branch of the Retired Mineworkers Association and was soon to be involved in an executive capacity up to 2005 when he took on the president’s role.
He served in that capacity until 2016 when he stepped down and filled the secretary’s position which he still holds today.
His commitment to the association was recognised when he was honoured with life membership at the branch’s recent Christmas luncheon held at Cessnock Leagues Club.
Accepting the honours, Mr. Ellis said it came as a complete surprise and something he will cherish always.
Branch president, Brian Collett said Mr Ellis, has always been a dedicated official who works tirelessly and always puts the welfare of the group first.
Mr. Ellis was also honoured as the city’s Senior Citizen of the Year at last year’s Australia Day celebrations.