John was originally from the North West of England. In 1940 he enlisted into the East Lancashire Regiment and spent most of World War Two with the Royal Signals in India. After the war John married Mildred, who would be his wife for 55 years.
As you can see from the pictures, John featured prominently in our village’s fight to save the Post Office, which used to be housed in the shop. John was a sprightly 92 when he rode his trusty trike in our protest march in August 2008. He was also interviewed by TV news crews from Tyne Tees and BBC Look North about how he would manage if the Post Office closed.
As most of you will know, the Post Office couldn’t be saved but the groundswell of support in that incredible demo nearly 10 years ago enabled us to go on and save the shop by making it into the successful, community-run venture it is today.