A volunteer at Tattershall Castle has been rewarded with a commemorative badge to celebrate 20 years of voluntary service.
Keith Truepenny, from Louth, was presented with his 20-year volunteer badge at a recent meeting at the castle.
Keith started as a room steward at the castle in 1993.
In those days, the duties consisted of standing in normal clothes with a book under his arm waiting for visitors to the castle to ask him questions.
But things have changed since then.
In 1995 the castle put on a pageant to celebrate the centenary of the National Trust and the members of the castle staff and volunteers became actors and actresses.
The pageant portrayed the history of the castle and Keith took part in five of the scenes, playing four different characters.
One of those characters was Lord Salisbury, for which his wife Valerie made him a medieval gown.
The volunteers then decided it would be nice to wear their pageant outfits during their stewarding duties.
Keith’s Lord Salisbury costume became his stewarding outfit.
With hundreds of children a year having a go on his wife Valerie’s spinning wheel, so much spun wool of doubtful quality was being produced that Keith and Valerie started a project to use the wool to weave it into a material to make medieval peasant outfits to wear at the castle.
Keith made a crude loom and proceeded to learn how to weave the visitor’s wool into a crude cloth.
Valerie then used the wool and cloth to create peasant costumes.
The project entailed a lot of research into medieval peasant clothing.
But the 1999 season started with Keith in his new peasant outfit, and he has worn it regularly ever since.
Two other changes altered Keith’s steward activity, the introduction of audio guides at the castle, which meant fewer questions from visitors, and the introduction of a set of medieval toys in 1998.
Keith now spends his time demonstrating the toys to children of all ages, from three to 93, with a bit of medieval history thrown in.
Operations Manager for Lincolnshire, Sara Blair-Manning and her staff team at Tattershall are thrilled for Keith.
The team agrees that he has been a key figure in the recent history of Tattershall and the castle.
All staff and volunteers at the castle look forward to working with Keith in the years to come.