JD is quite simply the most thoughtful and generous individual, bringing kindness and laughter - plenty of it - and making a big difference to the lives of all who live in Geddington and Newton, and in Kettering and Corby. JD has always been busy in the community e.g. as Chair of the Parents` Association and Commanding Officer of the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade Charity. He took early retirement from the Police in Christmas 2003 , after being diagnosed with cancer and given four years or less to live. Rather than let it beat him, he has ignored the odds and has thrown himself into more charity and volunteer work, organising fundraising concerts, the elderly residents' annual dinner and the village fair. Somehow he has also driven his daughter to basketball tournaments countrywide. Never down and always ready with a smile and a (bad) joke, he now uses his skills to work with individuals that require additional care and support in their daily lives, thereby assisting them to lead a successful life within their own community environment. He is famous for his practical jokes, fancy dress and wild creativity, turning the hundrum into a memorable occasion. The carol singing is improving by the year! John is `Mr Geddington`, and would be a worthy and popular torchbearer.