Friend of Rotary receives Somerset’s Highest Award

Feb 8, 2022
Luis Martello receiving his award from the High Sheriff, Thomas Sheppard

The Rotary Club of Taunton is proud to have hosted an event where Luis Martelo was given a Citizen of Somerset Award by Thomas Sheppard, the High Sheriff of Somerset.

Luis first came to our attention when he was busking in the town centre, with superlative playing of his trumpet.  Luis, who is originally from Portugal and a veteran, has won many prestigious musical awards.  When approached to see if he could help us with our commemorative Concert to the Royal British Legion last November (2021), Luis and his band not only gave of their time to help us practise but they also performed at the event. The event raised over £3,000 for charity and Louis’ trumpet rang out for the last post. Luis has a background in meeting challenges and helping others.  He was thanked by the retailers Hatchers for the excellent work he did to prevent shoplifting, taking a constructive approach to reduce crime but also assist the perpetrators.  He is currently building his skills as a boxer and will be boxing in aid of the Children’s Hospice South West later this year.

Luis lives with his wife and 5 children in Taunton. He is a true ‘Friend of Rotary’ and we are proud to be associated with such a dedicated and talented man.

If you would like to learn more about how you too can help Taunton Rotary in its good causes and activities, join us as a Friend and hear about what we do. Friends receive our ENews a few times a year, they can get involved in our activities and attend highlighted social events.

If interested email: and ask if you can be added as a Friend

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