A PUB landlord has praised the people of Ilkeston before announcing he will be quitting his role in charge at the Rutland Cottage.
Kev Smith was picked as a winner in the Ilkeston Advertiser New Years Honours awards in 2010 that nominate community heroes.
His efforts at the pub have included starting up an annual OAP Christmas dinner as well as raising cash for various charities.
Speaking to the Advertiser, Kev, said: “Before I came here I worked in Wakefield and I thought I’d never found better people or a better community but then I arrived in Ilkeston.
“I can’t thank the whole town enough for all of their support and the sense of community and I will really miss it but it’s time for me to have a career change.”
Kev, who dressed up as a panto dame every year at the OAP Christmas lunch, will move to Mickleover where he will become a driving instructor.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do with the dame costume. I don’t think I’ll get away with wearing it for lessons in my driving instructor’s car.”
Kev, who has been at the Heanor Road pub for two-and-a-half years, will be marking his exit from 25 years in the pub trade with a party on Saturday night.
The farewell do begins at 8pm and all are welcome.