Extra special induction ceremony for six new additions to the Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame
Six more inductions have been made to the Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame, with a special COVID-safe event at Singleton Civic Centre this afternoon.
Individuals honoured at the ceremony were Gregory Lancaster (Sport); Gerard McMillan (Community Service); Ken Neely (Community Service); Charlie Shearer (Business Industry & Tourism); and the Hon George Souris (Public Service).
Ken Nelly and Charlie Shearer were inducted posthumously.
Singleton PCYC was the only organisation to be inducted this year, in the category of Community Service.
Run in a partnership between Singleton Council and Peabody Wambo Coal, the Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to recognise those people who were born in, or have a strong association with Singleton and who have attained prominence at a state, national or international level in their field of endeavour.
Chairman of the Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame Committee, Cr Godfrey Adamthwaite, said he felt very fortunate the community could come together for the 2020 induction, although the event took a slightly different format to meet COVID-19 requirements.
“In the past 11 years, we’ve celebrated 58 individuals and community organisations who have given their time and energy for our community, or who have excelled on the state, national or global stage,” Cr Adamthwaite said.
“I’m proud to say that we’ve added to that list in 2020, even in the midst of a global pandemic.
“The six names we’ve added to the pavers of our Hall of Fame are most deserving of this great honour to take their place on a prestigious list of individuals, families and organisations, and stand as an example to us all to strive for the highest levels of achievement in whatever field we choose.
“I congratulate today’s inductees and their families, and thank Peabody Wambo Coal for their ongoing support since the inception of the Hall of Fame to recognise the outstanding people in our community.”