Romford Royal British Legion Club celebrates steward’s 60th

Staff and members at the Romford Royal British Legion Club, Western Road, threw a surprise party for their steward John Warne to mark his 60th birthday.

The celebration, complete with balloons and cake, took place on Saturday night. Mr Warne has been pulling pints in the club for nearly three decades – and his colleagues believe he may be the longest serving steward in the borough.

Club member John France said Mr Warne’s secondment to the Western Road club was only meant to be temporary - but he ended up staying for 27 years.

“I popped into the Romford club one day and I saw a guy on the bar with dark hair and a bit of a Beatles haircut,” Mr France, 66, remembered.

“He’s always been a joker and a bit of a character but he’s very shy really.”

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Mr France added Mr Warne was “a hard working, loyal, conscientious man, liked by members, guests and his staff.”

A collection at the club for Mr Warne was converted into dollars so he could take some spending money when visiting his son in Detroit in November.

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