Veteran lights VE Day beacon

Captain Ted Johnson, 92, lights the beacon at Doddington's VE Day commemoration
Captain Ted Johnson, 92, lights the beacon at Doddington's VE Day commemoration

A 92-year-old veteran did the honours at Doddington’s VE Day tribute.

Captain Ted Johnson – awarded the MC for his distinguished service during World War Two – lit the beacon and bonfire, ably assisted by three Explorer Scouts and two members of the Boys Brigade.

The simple but poignant commemoration was attended by more than 50 villagers to remember all those who gave their lives at home and abroad and whose sacrifice enabled us to enjoy the peace we have today.

It included those who came home wounded, physically and mentally, and the family and friends who cared for them; the families who lost loved ones; other victims from Commonwealth and Allied countries and the brave people who kept us safe on the home front.

Doddington PC chair Alan Collins said: “We raised £100 which will be split between the Royal British Legion and Katherine’s House Hospice.”