Queenstown community stalwart Peter Doyle was not-so-rudely interrupted while drumming for the Arrow Miners Band last Sunday.
To the huge surprise of Doyle, whose band had been entertaining the Queenstown Lions Club’s seniors Christmas party, he was presented with the club’s highest honour, the Melvin Jones Fellowship, by club president Charlie Reid, for his outstanding service to the community and the club.
Mayor Jim Boult also paid him tribute.
In his citation for Doyle, club stalwart Simon Hayes, who received the same award in July, said: “I can’t think of anyone who has been more involved in community events and has raised more money for various community groups and events.”
Among other things, Doyle has also helped instigate the Queenstown Winter Festival, Queenstown $10 Challenge and local jazz orchestra. He’s also been heavily involved in organisations like the scouts, the former Frankton community board and Wakatipu High School.
Hayes added: “He has been a great [Lions] member, involved in most aspects of our club including the presidency, and is currently editor of the best bulletin in New Zealand.”