John, 71, gears up for another parachute jump

John Beaton
John Beaton
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A Scarborough man who has been honoured for his fundraising efforts is planning a charity parachute jump - at the age of 71.

John Beaton, of Woodall Avenue, is a member of the Scarborough Branch Merchant Navy Association and an honorary member of the Parachute Regimental Association Wakefield Branch.

During the past few years Mr Beaton has been raising money for the Afghanistan Trust, which supports soldiers who served with The Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan who have been wounded or killed as a consequence, and their families.

He has taken part in sponsored parachute jumps and donated many prizes for fundraising raffles.

To honour his efforts, Mr Beaton was presented with a mounted brass Dakota aircraft model by representatives from the Wakefield branch of the Parachute Regimental Association.

The significance of the Dakota is that it was the workhorse of the British Airborne Forces during World War II.

Mr Beaton said: “I felt so humble. I didn’t think I’d done so much as to deserve that, but I was really thrilled.”

Terry White, branch secretary, said: “The committee and members were unanimous in their decision to this year award Mr John Beaton with the Dakota.”

The presentation took place at Scarborough Anglers Club.