Village flies symbol of thanks to flying medics after rescue

Peasenhall residents and fundraisers along with local officials gathered at the Peasenhall Assembly

Peasenhall residents and fundraisers along with local officials gathered at the Peasenhall Assembly Hall to celebrate the new wind sock that was placed to aid the East Anglian Air Ambulance if they need to land there again. - Credit: Su Anderson

A Suffolk village is displaying its gratitude from the highest point after medics swooped in to rescue an injured resident.

John Took, 88, was airlifted to hospital after falling outside his Peasenhall home and shattering his femur in May last year.

The former publican, who is blind, dragged himself inside his bungalow, where he was later found by his daughter, who raised the alarm.

An East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) crew landed in the car park of Peasenhall Assembly Hall, where a windsock has been hoisted to indicate wind speed and direction to pilots in case of another emergency.

The £120 windsock was jointly funded by Peasenhall United Charities and the assembly hall, and kindly put in place by Cat Scaffolding.

A donation was also made by Mr Took and his daughter.

EAAA fundraising coordinator Catherine Sheppard joined district and county councillor Stephen Burroughes and other guests for the unveiling.

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Parish councillor Peter Dance said: “It’s a way of saying thanks and promoting the charity, which needs all the help it can get.”

Mr Took hopes other villages may be inspired to fly their own windsocks.

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