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Veteran marks 50 years of Remembrance in Dudley

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An armed forces veteran who has attended every Remembrance Sunday parade in Dudley for the past 50 years has been praised by the Mayor.

John Deane who served in the RAF between 1955 and 1957 met the Mayor today (Fri).

The 85-year-old has been present at every Remembrance Sunday parade for the past five decades. He was also part of the fundraising committee for the war memorial in Ednam Road.

John, who is also president of the Dudley branch of the RAF Association, received the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s honours list in 2015.

The Mayor of Dudley presented him with a Remembrance Rose at a special gathering this morning ahead of the council’s Armistice Day service at the Clock Tower, Dudley.

John was one of more than 100 people who gathered for today’s service. He will also be at the council’s Remembrance Sunday parade and service at the cenotaph in Ednam Road this weekend from 10.30am.

John said:

If I start something I tend to carry it on and 50 years later here we are. It’s a very moving event when we get time to reflect. I’ll be looking forward to seeing lots of people in Dudley on Sunday.

Councillor Sue Greenaway, Mayor of Dudley, said:

This is a special time of year when we all remember the sacrifices the armed forces have made throughout history. John’s commitment to this is incredible. It was lovely to see him join council staff and members of the public for today’s service to mark Armistice. I hope to see even more people on Sunday for our service of Remembrance in Dudley.

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