John’s number’s up as bingo era is at an end

Bingo caller John Framp with his mayoral keyring and wrist watch given to him by players
Bingo caller John Framp with his mayoral keyring and wrist watch given to him by players

A bingo caller was overwhelmed after the mayor of Dacorum paid him a visit to thank him for his 50 years of voluntary service.

John Framp, who lives in Warners End, is stepping down from his Monday night duty as bingo caller at Warners End Community Centre, after half a century of helping out.

Bingo players and volunteers at the centre organised a collection, and presented John with a watch as thanks for all his hard work.

Mayor Bert Chapman also gave John a keyring inscribed with the mayoral crest as thanks for his years of voluntary work.

John, 89, said: “Everyone was clued up apart from me. I was lost for words. It’s such a lovely gesture.”

John moved from Dagenham to Hemel Hempstead in 1956, and has been a familiar face in the Warners End community ever since.

He will continue to call at the community centre’s Tuesday afternoon bingo sessions.