John at tribute to fallen
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.
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