Family fun day for Gordon Johnstone

Gordon Johnstone with his daughters Kate and Erin.
Gordon Johnstone with his daughters Kate and Erin.
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A fun-filled family event will take place in tribute to a much-loved villager.

Pegswood Community Action Group has organised a charity picnic and seven-a-side football tournament in honour of resident Gordon Johnstone, who died of a rare form of pancreatic cancer in December.

Mr Johnstone was well-known throughout the village for his care and compassion, ignoring his own health problems to go out of his way to help others.

The father-of-two was an active member of the action group and was often involved in village events, planting bulbs, making soup for the annual pensioners’ lunch, and establishing a village Christmas tree.

He made such an impression on the community that when he died, villagers placed baubles and messages on the tree in his memory, and at his funeral £2,000 was collected for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s oncology units in Alnwick and Berwick.

Now the Gordon Johnstone Memorial Cup football tournament will take place, with proceeds going to Pancreatic Cancer UK.

There is a lot of energy about in terms of things around Gordon. There is a real community effort to have a really good charity day in his memory.

Valerie Johnstone

Teams can include men, women and children, and matches can be played in fancy dress. Spectators can take along a picnic, refreshments will be available, and there will be fund-raising stalls.

Mr Johnstone’s wife Valerie said: “Pegswood is a lovely community to be part of and there is always something good going on. There is a lot of energy about in terms of things around Gordon. There is a real community effort to have a really good charity day in his memory.

“Gordon liked playing football so we are trying to put something together to raise money for a good cause. He played five-a-side with friends and loved Newcastle United. Just a few days before he died he went to a game with our eldest daughter and got to meet the players.

“This is going to be a family fun day and picnic so people can pay to register a team, or just come along for a nice day.”

The event is at Pegswood Welfare Field on Saturday, June 13, from noon.