April 23 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Businessman Jack Richards has been honoured for his tireless work for the Royal British Legion.
Mr Richards owns Jack Richards and Son road transport business, which moved to Fakenham in 1971 with just five vehicles.
Now the 90 year old’s 220 yellow trucks are instantly recognisable across the country’s roads.
But it was Mr Richards’s commitment and generosity which was celebrated as he stood down as president of the Fakenham and district branch of the legion.
Presented with two certificates, the former RAF serviceman was thanked for the fundraising and support he has given the branch since he took over as president five years ago.
Col David James, the branch chairman, said: “Jack has given us tremendous support as president. He has brought expertise and contributed to everything we have done or tried to do as a branch.” Mr Richards, who is suffering with poor health, has been a legion member for 68 years and said he had always tried to support the group financially.
He said: “It’s been a pleasure to give to these people at the legion and an honour to be their president. I love what I do and always try to be as helpful to the community as I can.”
Mr Richards opened his museum on the Fakenham Industrial Estate in 2010 housing a collection of well-preserved and restored haulage vehicles used by Jack Richards and Son over the years.
The museum has raised more than £4,000 for Help for Heroes since it has been open.
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