John at trib­ute to fallen

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

A Cas­tle Dou­glas man will rep­re­sent the Bri­tish Red Cross at Lon­don’s Fes­ti­val of Re­mem­brance this week­end.

John Bell has been vol­un­teer­ing with the char­ity for more than a quar­ter of a cen­tury af­ter be­ing in­spired to join by neigh­bours.

He’ll join other ser­vices in a muster on stage at the event in the Royal Al­bert Hall while the au­di­ence re­spects a minute’s si­lence and pop­pies fall from the ceil­ing.

The 71-year-old re­tired re­frig­er­a­tion welder said: “I con­sider rep­re­sent­ing the Red Cross at the Re­mem­brance Fes­ti­val an ul­ti­mate achieve­ment and it fills me with pride that I have been cho­sen, as I have watched this cer­e­mony for many years and al­ways wanted to take part.

“I also feel that this is an hon­our for all the vol­un­teers in Dum­fries and Gal­loway, as we are a small ru­ral area not usu­ally recog­nised.”

Mr Bell has saved many lives dur­ing his time with the Red Cross, in­clud­ing re­sus­ci­tat­ing a run­ner at the 2009 Great North Run and help­ing res­cue a ca­su­alty at a crash near Glen­luce.

He also ed­u­cates peo­ple on how to save lives.

Mr Bell will be one of two Bri­tish Red Cross rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the fes­ti­val, which is or­gan­ised by the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and will take place twice on Satur­day.

The mat­inée is open to the pub­lic while the evening event is at­tended only by mem­bers of the le­gion and their fam­i­lies, and se­nior mem­bers of the royal fam­ily.

Hon­our John Bell

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