DRONFIELD WOODHOUSE: Surprise award for Miners Arms landlord Mark Bingham

Mark Bingham, right, receives his Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge from Tim Brant of the Merchant Seaman Society
Mark Bingham, right, receives his Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge from Tim Brant of the Merchant Seaman Society

A pub boss got a surprise during a charity event when he received an award marking his service with the Merchant Navy.

A pub boss got a surprise during a charity event when he received an award marking his service with the Merchant Navy.

Mark Bingham, landlord of the Miners Arms in Dronfield Woodhouse, was presented with a Merchant Seafarers Veteran’s Badge by Tim Brant from the Merchant Seaman Society.

He was in the Falklands for just over a year on T.E.V Rangatira as part of the task force during and after the Falklands War.

Speaking of the award, Mark said: “I’m really surprised by this, I didn’t know about it and am still in shock.”

Tim Brant , secretary of the Humber branch of the Merchant Seaman Society, added: “It was really great to give Mark his award in recognition for his hard work during his service with the Merchant Navy.”

The Merchant Seafarers’ bravery and sacrifice, in assisting HM Armed Forces in military operations has been formally commemorated with the launch of a UK Merchant Seafarers Veteran’s Badge.

The badge is available to all Merchant Navy seafarers and fishermen who served in a vessel at a time when it was operated to facilitate military operations by UK Armed Forces.