Penrith trader’s true hero accolade

Date: Monday 2nd July 2018

THE man who runs a baked potato stand in the centre of Penrith, Tim Lorton, has been described as a true hero by Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart for his response to a horrific car accident.

As the Herald reported at the time, Mr Lorton, also known as “Tattie Tim”, was one of the first people on the scene of the accident on 14th May. He was working on his stall when a car mounted the pavement between him and the HSBC bank, going straight through roadside barriers.

The incident, in which a woman was struck by the car, suffering life-threatening injuries, happened only metres away from his stall.

Mr Lorton, seeing how severe her injuries were, calmly put on his gloves and grabbed his apron to help stem the bleeding. He put two tourniquets on the woman, stemming the blood flow while also looking after her and supporting others around him by offering them comfort.

Mr Stewart visited Mr Lorton this week to thank him personally for his bravery and hear about his experience first-hand.

“Tim is a true hero,” said Mr Stewart. “In a situation where many would struggle to know what to do, Tim sprang into action and saved the lady’s life.

“Clearly his actions not only showed extreme bravery but also helped to save a life. We are lucky to have such an amazing man working in our market town and I feel really humbled to have met him.”