Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome special guests Pip and Alan Harrison as our Community Heroes for our match against Millwall on Saturday as we mark our annual support for The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.
Norwich City fans Pip, 103 and 5 months old, and brother Alan, 96 and 11 months old, joined the Royal Navy during the Second World War and are now celebrating a combined age of 200 years.
During World War Two, Pip served as a signalman on several Russian arctic convoys and was then commissioned to serve in the Indian Ocean off Ceylon and received four campaign medals out of the five principal areas of naval conflict including the Burma Star.
Alan was called up to join the war at the age of 17, where he served as a signalman and assisted in the landing of the Canadian forces in their Normandy landing on Juno Beach on D-Day. Alan also received a campaign medal for the Normandy landings and also the World War Two victory medal.
For Alan’s 90th birthday, his daughter Jan and Cousin Bill travelled to Normandy and visited Juno beach. “It was quite surreal and an incredibly moving experience to be standing there with my Dad. We also visited the Canadian museum just off the beach and Alan was treated with the greatest respect by the young Canadian staff who presented him with a badge of honour. I don’t think they’d ever met anyone who had actually been there on D-Day,” says Jan Carter.
Alan has been a Norwich City fan since he was a young boy and would listen to the games on the wireless. Pip became a follower in the early 1970’s when John Bond became manager and has attended various home games over the years.
“I don’t think there is any great secret to their long and healthy lives, they are fortunate to have inherited good genes and have until quite recently been able to enjoy active lifestyles. As young men they played tennis, swam in the local river and played football.
“These days their activities are restricted to more sedentary ones, my father plays bridge at two clubs in Norwich, keeps abreast of the news and keeps mobile by taking regular short walks. Pip enjoys his daily challenge of completing the Daily Telegraph’s cryptic crossword and watching sport on TV,” says Jan.
“To the family they are definitely our “heroes” and we are touched and delighted that they have been invited to be Norwich City’s Community Heroes for the day. Opportunities like this are few and far between especially at their advanced ages, I’m sure it will be a day to remember for everyone,” adds Jan.
Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this afternoon to Pip and Alan Harrison as they bring out the match ball ahead of our game against Millwall.
At every Sky Bet Championship home match, Norwich City will invite a deserving community-minded individual(s) to be their ‘Community Hero’ and place the match ball on to a special plinth prior to kick off.
Whether the individual works in the emergency services or the armed forces, is a carer or charity champion, a super fan or a regional sporting hero, the initiative celebrates their contribution to the local community. If there is anyone you think deserves special recognition for their community efforts or personal achievements, please visit the Community Hero page on canaries.co.uk.