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Dedicated pensioner gets his royal medal

Jack Johnson receives the BEM from Lord Lieutenant of Durham Sue Snowdon, watched by family, friends and community members

Jack Johnson receives the BEM from Lord Lieutenant of Durham Sue Snowdon, watched by family, friends and community members

A PENSIONER who dedicated more than 35 years to community life has spoken of his pride at receiving a rare Royal honour.

John Darwin Johnson – known as Jack – was presented with a British Empire Medal (BEM) by the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon, at a unique fire-lit ceremony in the 82-year-old’s home village of Castle Eden.

Jack said: “It was a wonderful night. All the community who I have supported throughout the years all turned up.”

The father-of-one and grandad-of-three has been a warden, and later a verger, for the village’s St James’ Church, and he is also involved in fund-raising.

Jack, who has lived in Castle Eden for 55 years and is married to Ann, said: “It was very emotional.

“I don’t know why I should get it. I have just done what I have had to do.”

 

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