An Essex teenager celebrated his 18th birthday by becoming the world’s youngest member of leading men’s organisation Round Table.
George Petty’s first five minutes as a man saw him becoming a fully-fledged member of Basildon Round Table – his local club – after being inducted just after midnight by National Vice President Mark House.
Joined by fellow Tablers from Basildon and members of the Round Table board, it was a special moment for George’s father Lee, who has been a member of Round Table since 1997.
George, who turned 18 on 22nd July, said: “For as long as I can remember I have been helping Basildon Round Table fundraise for the local community so I couldn't wait to become an official member. It seemed the natural thing to do.
When we realised I would turn 18 at midnight during one of the meetings, it was the ideal opportunity to be inducted as a fully-fledged member of Basildon Round Table. It's a big honour to be surrounded by so many follow Tablers tonight. I am really looking forward to my future in Basildon Round Table and really hope other young people follow in my footsteps as it's such a great organisation”
His father Lee said: “It was a very proud moment for me to have a family member follow in my footsteps in joining such a great young man’s organisation such as Round Table.
I joined in the year George was born, so he has been brought up with Round Table and has always been actively involved in our events such as Basildon’s Fireworks Spectacular and the Santa Sleigh collection. A particular highlight for me was when he finally got to be "Santa" at the age of 16 (once his voice was deep enough).
He has been attending meetings regularly and decided he wanted to become a Tabler as soon as he could, so what better way than to extend our meeting to midnight! I believe George has the potential to go far within Table and hope he enjoys his time within it as much as I have. It would be lovely to see more youngsters follow in his footsteps.”
National Vice President Mark House added: “It was awesome to be able to welcome George to Basildon Round Table. I hope he leads the way, this organisation is fantastic for young men who want to develop and do more with every aspect of their lives”.
Round Table, which is present in 57 countries around the world, was founded in Britain and open to men aged 18-45.
Pictured: George, Mark and Lee after George's welcome to Basildon Round Table