Avi­a­tion mu­seum vol­un­teer loves giv­ing back

Melville Times - - Front Page -

PETER Tick­ner has proved you’re never too old to give back to the com­mu­nity.

When the Clark­son res­i­dent turned 75, he de­cided to do some vol­un­tary work and con­tacted the Avi­a­tion Her­itage Mu­seum in Bull Creek to in­quire about be­ing a vol­un­teer guide.

Mr Tick­ner said he had pre­vi­ously vol­un­teered as a driver for an aged care or­gan­i­sa­tion but af­ter shoul­der surgery, was no longer able to do that.

“I’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend it to oth­ers be­cause there are so many dif­fer­ent as­pects to the mu­seum and you can get in­volved how­ever you like, whether that’s in cus­tomer ser­vice, the li­brary, the front desk or do­ing main­te­nance,” he said. “No two days are ever the same and you get all sorts of peo­ple vis­it­ing, from kids com­ing in with their par­ents, to teenagers who want to learn more about bombs and en­gines, or who have as­pi­ra­tions of fly­ing.”

Mr Tick­ner has over 20 years’ of ex­pe­ri­ence in the Air Force.

He did an ap­pren­tice­ship in air­frame fit­ting in the late 1950s and went on to work with he­li­copters in the early 1960s, af­ter which he was sent to the Malaya con­flict with In­done­sia.

Peter Tick­ner has en­joyed be­com­ing a vol­un­teer guide at the Avi­a­tion Her­itage Mu­seum.

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