Issued: July 31, 2018
MP pays tribute to man who worked with Winston Churchill when he was Epping's MP
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Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has paid tribute to John Redfern - who has celebrated his 90th birthday - who worked with Winston Churchill when he was Epping's MP.
Dame Eleanor, who attended his landmark birthday celebrations in Chigwell on Saturday, said: "John Redfern is an amazing man.
"He has served our local community for 82 years since he first joined the choir of St Mary’s Church in Chigwell at the age of eight.
"He joined the Young Conservatives while Winston Churchill was our MP and worked for him for many years.
"He is one of the few people left who has great tales to tell of his personal encounters with Churchill.
"John’s service to the Conservative Party is unsurpassed. He served as the local treasurer for well over 60 years.
"He and his wife also organised and supported a great many local charities and good causes and their children and grandchildren have followed in their footsteps."
Dame Eleanor added: "It was wonderful to celebrate John’s 90th birthday with his family and many friends on Saturday. He made a very witty speech and everyone really enjoyed the occasion.”
Mr Redfern and his late wife, Audrey, lived all their lives in Chigwell until they moved to Theydon Bois shortly before Audrey died.
One of the pictures shows John’s daughter, Mary, who is a Conservative councillor in Surrey.