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Frank's visits to Poland

Frank Owen Johnson, OH 1967-69, has been delivering essential supplies
Frank Johnson, OH 1967-69
Frank Johnson, OH 1967-69

Frank has recently returned from his second visit to Poland (on the border with Ukraine), where he has been delivering essential supplies to refugees there. He has been raising money for this cause, which is ongoing. 

Frank Johnson was at Hymers College from 1967 to 1969, before entering the comprehensive school system and attending Marist College for O and A-levels.  From there, he continued his education at Newcastle on Tyne Polytechnic to study Business Studies. 

After university, he worked as a PC for two and half years with Humberside Police before starting a career at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.  He started his career there as a Firefighter, before promotion to various roles including teaching Offshore and Marine Firefighting, Service Press Officer, Operational Station Officer, and running the Service Schools Liaison Team.

Frank retired in 2018 after nearly thirty-three years of service. He has always been an avid music fan and played guitar in local amateur/semi-pro bands.  Along with his partner, they have owned Solos Music Cafe in Willerby for 8 years and promote live music events there.  Prior to Solos, for over ten years he ran weekly music events at The Springboard Music Festival at The Blue Bell Inn Cottingham. 

While at Hymers, Frank was known as Owen by classmates (he shares his first name with his father) and as Johnny Boy by Mr Bill Minns, Head of P.E at the time.  Norman Ransom was his favourite teacher, who he described as "generally fair and even-handed with a good dry sense of humour".  He continues to remain in touch with a few Old Hymerians.

If you would like to support his future trips to deliver essential supplies to Ukranian refugees, please contact us for details as to how to donate.

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