A man who has helped preserve the history of Mullion while promoting its future has been honoured with a community award.

Tom Symons received the Ron Curnow Community Award from the parish council at its last meeting, presented by last year's winner, Dr Geoff Wood.

A citation read out at the ceremony said: "Since his arrival from foreign parts - Hayle actually - Tom has become an integral part of our community. A very practical individual, with excellent organisational skills, he has been involved in many activities.

"In his quiet and unobtrusive way, Tom is always eager to help and support the community and it gives us huge pleasure to announce that he is to be the recipient of our Community Award for 2017."

A founder member of Mullion Heritage Association, Mr Symons was involved in refurbishment work and the creation of the Heritage Centre housed beneath Mullion Chapel, in additional to locating plaques on the heritage trail.

A keen photographer, he has run workshops to improve camera skills and has served as judge and steward for the annual horticultural show.

He has been chairman of Mullion Old Cornwall Society and has directed and organised the village Christmas Lights Committee for many years, as well as enabled the Christmas Tree Festival.

In his spare time, Mr Symons has devised posters and cards for various village groups and events, and has even been known to hoist or lower an appropriate flag on the church flagstaff when occasion demands.

He was accompanied by his wife Ann at the award presentation.