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First aid honour for St John's volunteer.

Byline: DAVID POWELL

A VETERAN St John Ambulance volunteer has been honoured for a second time for his services to the community of Llandudno.

Frank Ash had previously been presented with the resort's armorial bearings by the mayor, and now he has been given Llandudno Rotary Club's top award.

Mr Ash, who has been a member of St John Ambulance for 55 years said he was pleased to receive the honour.

"It's wonderful that the Rotary Club have done this. I'm very proud and pleased about it," he said.

Last year, Mr Ash, 74, was recognised by St John Ambulance when he was given the honour of being made a Commander of the Order of St John which he received at a ceremony in Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff.

His voluntary work as a first aider has included shifts at North Wales Theatre, but he has saved a drowning man.

He said: "I was a bus driver taking passengers around the Great Orme in the 1970s. A man had fallen from a boat. Someone knew I was a first aider and called me over. I ran down the slipway, jumped in and pulled him out.

Then I had to drive the bus back to the garage, soaking wet."

On Friday, he was presented with the Idris Griffiths Memorial Cup and Rotary Club certificate for services to the community by the club's community service chairman, Philip Jones.
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