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Newark Advertiser readers back street honour campaign for war hero ahead of his 100th birthday

The idea of naming of a street in Newark to honour the last of the Dambusters, Johnny Johnson, ahead of his 100th birthday, has been welcomed by readers.

RAF historian Paul Trickett wants a street named after the wartime hero who lived in Collingham and taught in Newark after the war.

It is his 100th birthday on November 25, and Paul believes it is the perfect time to bestow the honour, possibly alongside some kind of event.

Johnny Johnson.
Johnny Johnson.

Marjorie Burden, of London Road, Newark, said: “I most certainly do back the campaign for a tribute to be paid to this amazing man of the RAF Bomber Command.”

For Ken Daubney, of Valley Prospect, Newark, reading last week’s front page stirred a memory.

“Reading the article about our local hero Johnny Johnson brought back old memories some 35 years ago. I think when I had an engagement with my dance band quartet to play at RAF Cranwell in the Trenchard Mess.

Johnny Johnson (45434438)
Johnny Johnson (45434438)

“Johnny Johnson was the guest that night, it may have been his birthday celebrations. I remember him singing with my band a few numbers during the course of the evening.

“Among his many accomplishments he was a very good singer. It was a very enjoyable evening. Well done Johnny.”

Nigel Favill, on Facebook, said: “It’s a nice thought to try and bestow him the honour of a street name for his 100th birthday.”

Hans Ooms said on Facebook: “Been to a signing event years ago. What an amazing storyteller he is. He’s a fascinating gentleman.”

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