A “friendly and welcoming” volunteer has been recognised for his work at The Fraser Centre in Tranent.

Eamonn Callaghan, 67, has been volunteering at the centre, where he helps out at Friday cinema screenings, for just over a year.

Mr Callaghan helps guests to their seats in the cinema, greeting them at the door and helping visitors with additional support needs.

The Fraser Centre has awarded the Tranent resident the Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognises hard-working volunteers helping out at the centre.

Reflecting on the award, Mr Callaghan told the Courier: “I am very proud of the award.

“I was delighted.

“I knew I had a chance to win but it was still a surprise.

“I really enjoy helping people and it gets me out of the house.

“I also get to see the film free!”

Mr Callaghan also does voluntary work at Amisfield Walled Garden, Haddington, during the week.

He said: “I like to talk to people and it gets me out of the house too, which is good.

“I really enjoy volunteering and will definitely keep doing it.”

A spokesperson for The Fraser Centre praised Mr Callaghan for his work.

They said: “Eamonn has been volunteering with us for over a year now. He works on a Friday evening in the cinema, where he loves to meet and greet our customers and show them to their seats.

“He is very friendly and welcoming, and has become a well-known and valued part of our team.

“I’m sure a lot of our customers will recognise Eamonn and have got to know him over the past year.

“He is very reliable and punctual and is willing to help everyone.

“He loves volunteering with us as he says it gives him a sense of purpose and a connection with the community. Eamonn is a real asset to our team and is very deserving of Volunteer of the Year.”