AN inspirational amateur radio operator was presented with a new award to honour a long-serving treasurer who died one year ago.

Sean Redmond was the first recipient of Bury Radio Society's memorial trophy, given for his proactive role in promoting the club during 2019.

The award has been created in memory of Peter Smith, radio callsign G2DPL, who died in early 2019 after being diagnosed with cancer.

Mr Smith became a radio amateur in 1968, working for the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) and later Norweb as a network engineer looking after high voltage power lines and transformers.

During his membership at Bury Radio Society (BRS) he gave many lectures about power transmission, including amusing anecdotes about what can go wrong, and served as treasurer for more than 30 years.

At the society's annual general meeting last month, the trophy was presented to Mr Redmond by chairman Peter Butterworth.

The committee describe Mr Redmond, who has helped to develop the society's activities and online presence, as "the best example for young people joining the hobby."

The award has been made from a rare valve, a Phillips QB4-1100 which was manufactured in France, and donated by member Laurence Jones. It was mounted on a Meranti hardwood base, made from some pews sold by a Methodist church.