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Passion for reading that Ulverston man Ernie loves to pass on

A 92-YEAR-OLD with a passion for books has been recognised for his efforts to encourage youngsters to read.

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write stuff Ernie Richardson, 92, who has been nominated in the Heart of Ulverston Awards, for his work helping children with their reading at Sir John Barrow Primary School

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Ernie Richardson, of Fell Close, Ulverston has been nominated for a Heart of Ulverston award in the Citizen of the Year category sponsored by the North-West Evening Mail.

He said: “I was quite surprised but rather pleased that someone thought that I was worth mentioning.”

Mr Richardson has been helping pupils at Sir John Barrow School with their reading for over a decade.

He said: “When I first started I noticed some of the children would just brush over the big words as if they weren't there. I would say to them ‘it’s just three smaller words that make it up and if you can learn those then you have a new word for your vocabulary’.

“I never professed to be a teacher but I enjoy reading myself and I felt I was doing something good there.”

Mr Richardson said he hoped to give children in Ulverston the opportunities he never had at school. He added: “I could tell you some terrible things about school. But after I left school I joined something called the penny library and my love of reading just went from there.”

Mr Richardson has been helping out at the school since he moved to the town 12 years ago.

He said: “It was the best move I ever made. When I was living in other places people walked around looking at the ground.

“But here the first thing I noticed if I see a stranger and I smile or say ‘hello’ they stop and have a chat and that’s what’s different about Ulverston.

“What I enjoy is when I see a young boy or a young girl out with their parents they also say ‘hello Mr Richardson’ and have a chat and that’s the best thing, when children are happy and confident.”

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, proudly sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10.

Prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Group or Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Courage Award, Environmental Volunteer, Parent/ Guardian of the Year, Employee of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Visit the Evening Mail website to fill out a nomination form.

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