A loud chorus of cheers welcomed a long-serving English teacher to the stage at last year’s County Times Community Awards.
Martin Nichols retired from his post as head of English at Collyer’s after 30 years, and was recognised with the Outstanding Teacher gong at last November’s award ceremony.
A large number of Martin’s pupils attended the ceremony at the Capitol, and the popular winner received multiple nominations for the prize.
Undoubtedly the best dressed on the night, the ever flamboyant and usually eloquent individual was left speechless.
A surprise recording, featuring many of Martin’s former colleagues voicing their affection, admiration and respect for him, shocked the talkative teacher.
Martin has inspired countless students at Collyer’s over the years, not least Sam Leeves, who nominated him for encouraging him on his path to becoming a published author.
In his nomination, Sam described Martin as ‘everything a teacher should be’.
Nominations have now opened for this year’s County Times Community Award.
Simply complete the form inside the newspaper to nominate a deserving person or group for one of 16 awards - ranging from the 999 Award to Good Sport.
In addition, this year it is possible to nominate online. Click here to fill in a short form.
Last year’s event saw laughter, joy and tears as dozens of community champions were celebrated, while last month’s inaugural County Times Youth Awards honoured some of the Horsham district’s wonderful young people.
This year’s Community Awards, to be held on Tuesday November 18, promises to continue with the heartwarming community theme.