D-Day veteran selected to be Chelsea Pensioner

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Standing proud with medals on show, D-Day veteran George Skipper wears the distinctive red uniform of the Chelsea Pensioners.

The 94-year-old, who used to live in Amble, has been selected to join the iconic institution and is now resident at The Royal Chelsea Hospital, in London. The hospital is the home of the Pensioners, who are all retired soldiers of the British Army.

In 2015, George, who is president of Warkworth and Amble District Branch of the Royal British Legion, was presented with the Legion d’honneur, for his part in D-Day.

June Watson, branch secretary, said: “George regularly keeps in touch. He is enjoying his new home and is receiving invitations to many functions. We will miss him, but are happy that he will have comradeship and security for the rest of his life.”

The branch will now elect a new president at its AGM on Wednesday, November 9, at 7pm, in Warkworth War Memorial Hall. The guest speaker will be Nicola Day, from the Fusiliers Museum in Alnwick. Visitors are welcome.