Eltham bagpiper to gain Freedom of the Borough award for tireless charity work

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An Eltham bagpiper who has played for the Queen is being honoured with a Freedom of the Borough award for his tireless charity work.

James Turkington will gain the prestigious award, which figures like Nelson Mandela and Doreen Lawrence also hold, on July 23 at a ceremony at Woolwich Town Hall.

The 70-year-old grandfather-of-six has played the bagpipes to raise money for countless charities including Demelza, Mencap and Help the Heroes.

The former security officer has performed at national events including at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle as well as being the lone piper at the Somme Monument in France.

The father-of-four, who lives in Sherard Road, was formally a UK ballroom champion with his wife and dance partner Catherine Turkington and the couple performed across Europe and at top venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.

Mrs Turkington said: “All his life he’s played for charities.

“He is chuffed about it because it does recognise his work.

“It means a lot to me. I am very proud of him.”

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8:12pm Thu 17 Jul 14

mrsh38 says...

We'll done James from les and Angi hopping xxx
We'll done James from les and Angi hopping xxx mrsh38
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9:45pm Thu 17 Jul 14

magsy1 says...

Well done Jim nobody deserves it more than you we are so pleased for you, well deserved recognition to both you and Kathy for all her support.Our congratulations and best wishes to you.I think maybe the Rangers tartan would be appropriate on the day, maybe Kathy could knock you up a new kilt , if not borrow Dave Andersons. ha ha. All the very best , Maggie, Brian and Family x
Well done Jim nobody deserves it more than you we are so pleased for you, well deserved recognition to both you and Kathy for all her support.Our congratulations and best wishes to you.I think maybe the Rangers tartan would be appropriate on the day, maybe Kathy could knock you up a new kilt , if not borrow Dave Andersons. ha ha. All the very best , Maggie, Brian and Family x magsy1
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