Last autumn, Brownhills was saddened by the loss of a well respected and loved local man, Eddie ‘Jock’ Fallon, who was taken from us after a period of illness.
As an ex-Serviceman, Eddie was a member of Brownhills branch of the Royal British Legion, and David Evans was invited to a rather special presentation last week at Eddie’s local, the Prince of Wales, by Eddie’s family to the local branch.
I attended a wonderful event this evening at the Prince of Wales Inn on Watling Street, Brownhills in order to take some photos of the presentation of a cheque for the British Legion, in memory of popular local ex-serviceman Eddie Fallon, who passed away recently.
I was totally unprepared for the magnificent generosity that the cheque represented and add my personal gratitude to those expressed by My John Bird.
It’s heart warming to see the generosity here in memory of such a fine gentleman and once again I am reminded of the kind heartedness of our community.
My best wishes go out to Eddie’s family, friends an all who knew him. I include below an account of the event written by old friend of the blog John Bird, a stalwart member and campaigner for the local Royal British Legion, from whom I have another article later this week.
Thanks to the Fallon family, John Bird, David Evans and all who donated. A lovely, yet sad thing.
Brownhills ex-serviceman, Eddie Fallon, also known as Jock, was a valued member of the local branch of the Royal British Legion.
Sadly, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. This bad news prompted his friends and relatives to organise a collection for him. Eddie, being Eddie, insisted that the proceeds be donated to the Royal British Legion. It was then decided to hold an event in his local “watering hole”, the Prince of Wales, situated-on-the A5. It was here that he would present a cheque to his own branch of the Royal British Legion’s representatives.
Unfortunately, Eddie passed away before the planned event could be finalised. However, his family arranged to proceed and undertake this exercise, on his behalf, at the proposed event on the day that would have been his birthday.
He would have been extremely proud.
Needless to say, a spokesperson for the Brownhills branch of the Royal British Legion, expressed sincere thanks to everyone involved for the generous donation to the fund. This is the fund that provides support to ex-service personnel and their dependants in times of need.
“We will miss you Jock.”
Branch Community Officer.
Images kindly supplied by David Evans.