Bull Creek: Clarkson resident finds joy at new role as volunteer guide at Aviation Heritage Museum

Peter Tickner has enjoyed becoming a volunteer guide at the Aviation Heritage Museum.
Peter Tickner has enjoyed becoming a volunteer guide at the Aviation Heritage Museum.

PETER Tickner has proved you are never too old to give back to the community.

When the Clarkson resident turned 75, he decided he wanted to do some voluntary work and so he contacted Aviation Heritage Museum in Bull Creek to enquire about being a volunteer guide.

Mr Tickner said he had previously volunteered as a driver for an aged care organisation but after shoulder surgery, he was no longer able to do that.

“I’d definitely recommend it to others because there are so many different aspects to the museum, and you can get involved however you like, whether that’s in customer service, the library, the front desk or doing maintenance,” he said.

“No two days are ever the same and you get all sorts of people visiting, from kids coming in with their parents, to teenagers who want to learn more about bombs and engines or who have aspirations of flying.”

As well as being a people person, Mr Tickner has over 20 years’ of experience in the air force.

He did an apprenticeship in airframe fitting in the late 1950s and went on to work with helicopters in the early 1960s, after which he was sent to the Malaya conflict with Indonesia.