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Landmark occasion for 90 year old John
Monday 19th January 2015 @ 12:07 by Mark Phillip
Denton & Audenshaw Sports

For recently turned 90 year old John Stewart, there was only one place he was going to celebrate his landmark occasion.

And luckily for him, a cold and wind swept Audenshaw Park was warmed up with some tantalising rugby action.

John’s beloved Aldwinians provided him with the best birthday present possible: a 19-3 victory over bottom club Tarleton.

The Scottish born MBE recipient was appointed the clubs guest of honour on the momentous day, which had excitement, gratitude and success in abundance.

Born on 21st January 1915, the former Chief engineer and Field Service manager was in good company on the day, with no other than his son and respected club member David Stewart, sponsoring the match ball.

John made a memorable journey to Buckingham Palace five years ago when he was awarded the prestigious MBE title for his selfless community work.

Investing both time and effort into his community, John created a youth club that ran for over 50 years.

This act of kindness, coupled with his continued tireless efforts, ensured he was a worthy recipient of the much coveted medal.

The clubs charitable nature extended further through the day, as Club President, Dave Taylor, presented a £350 cheque to Ashton-Under-Lyne’s Poppy Appeal.

The club, holding a Christmas dinner in December, raised much needed funds through a ‘bring the bottle’ initiative.

The money generated during the event will be channelled into the British Legion; a charity designed to help the whole Armed Forces community through welfare, comradeship and representation.

Deborah Pritchard, who is an employee at Barclay’s Bank, stood shoulder to shoulder with Dave to hand the cheque over.

As a member of the reserve RAF, Deborah adorned her uniform and exchanged the cheque with British Legion representative, Trevor Vickerstaff.

The momentous occasion was made all the more sweet, as the third team returned from Wigan with a last gasp equaliser.