A DUDLEY paramedic and local councillor has been honoured in recognition of his voluntary service to St John Ambulance.

Councillor Adam Aston who represents Upper Gornal and Woodsetton on Dudley Council was formally invested as a member of the Most Venerable Order of St John in a ceremony at Priory Church in London after approval was given by His Majesty – King Charles.

Adam, who volunteers for the charity as a nurse and a paramedic, has served as its Dudley area president since 2020.

He said of the honour: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been admitted into the Order of St John,

"I’ve been involved with St John Ambulance for the past 14 years and absolutely love it.

“Our local members provide first aid training and event cover, in addition to being one of the UK’s leading uniformed youth organisations, St John is the perfect introduction to a career within the NHS and I would encourage anyone to get involved.”

The Order of St John is a British royal order of chivalry which can trace its origins back to the Knights Hospitaller in the Middle Ages, It is best known for the health organisations it founded and continues to run around the world including St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital Group.