Clanfield veteran picks up award

JOY Jeremy Irons, Lizzie Miller, Soldering On Chairman Sqn Ldr Tal Lambert MBE and Allen Parton and EJ
JOY Jeremy Irons, Lizzie Miller, Soldering On Chairman Sqn Ldr Tal Lambert MBE and Allen Parton and EJ
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ACCLAIMED actor Jeremy Irons and former Baywatch star Angelica Bridges were jubilant as they presented a Clanfield veteran with an award.

Injured Gulf War veteran Allen Parton, a former Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer, was honoured with the Canine Award at the third annual Soldiering On Awards at the Park Plaza hotel in London.

He was nominated by The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust and the chairman of the Hounds for Heroes charity, Ian Tolfts.

Allen founded the charity and, with his trusty hound Endal Junior, has helped to raise around £1m to provide assistance dogs to injured servicemen and women.

Allen said getting the award was an emotional affair as his wife Sandra and daughter Zoe looked on.

He battled back from severe depression to be where he is today.

The 54-year-old told The News: ‘It was just a powerful reminder of what has been achieved in my own life.

‘It was amazing to up there with so many heroic people.’

Squadron Leader Tal Lambert MBE, chairman of the trust, said: ‘Not only is he an example to others but also, despite his horrific injuries, he has shown a determination to get on with life beyond recall.

‘He is a true hero which underlines the spirit of our armed forces.’