Frank’s an inspiration to others

Frank Bull BEM
Frank Bull BEM

An Alnwick pensioner is in the running for a top prize in the search for those who are an inspiration to others.

Frank Bull has been shortlisted as a regional finalist in the nationwide McCarthy and Stone Inspirational Generation competition.

Frank, 93, was nominated by Michael Loughney, house manager at Robert Adam Court in Alnwick, where he lives.

Michael said: “He has experienced so much over his 93 years and has so much to tell and teach others. I think he is a deserving winner because throughout his life he has always helped other people and has been an active member and pillar of the community.”

Frank lived in Whitby for 84 years before moving to Alnwick.

As a boy, he would help older people with their shopping, lighting their fires and doing any odd jobs around the house. He then started to travel further afield, cycling 20 miles to visit hospitals in Whitby and Scarborough.

He was called up for Army service when he was 18 and became a sergeant in the Royal Corp of Signals, trained in decoding at Bletchley Park.

He went on to become one of Churchill’s wireless operators, travelling all over the world.

After the war, Frank enjoyed a successful career as an auctioneer and estate agent, working for more than 40 years before retiring at 60.

Not one to put his feet up, Frank has remained a committed member of the community. He was the founder of Whitby Round Table and, at the age of 40, joined the Whitby 41 Club, which enables retired members of Round Table to continue their friendship. He was twice made national president of the 41 Club and became an honorary life member.

He was made an Honorary Citizen of Whitby in 2008, and in March this year, received the British Empire Medal for 70 years’ service to the Royal British Legion, 50 years’ service to the Poppy Appeal and dedication to the community in Whitby.

One national winner will be awarded a cash prize of £2,000. Nine regional winners will each receive £200 for their chosen charities and a £50 hamper.