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Brave Brora veteran (99) is among first of older generation in Sutherland to be given Covid-19 vaccine

By Caroline McMorran

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He has proved his bravery in battle so a coronavirus vaccine was hardly going to faze veteran David Beaumont.

The 99-year-old was among the first Sutherland pensioners to be given the vaccine at GP surgeries and other venues throughout the county this week.

Mr Beaumont receiving the coronavirus vaccine at Brora and Helmsdale medical practice.
Mr Beaumont receiving the coronavirus vaccine at Brora and Helmsdale medical practice.

Mr Beaumont, who fought in World War II and was taken prisoner following the battle of St Valéry in 1940 received his jab at the Brora and Helmsdale practice yesterday.

A spokesman for NHS Highland said: “The practice was sorry to be unable to offer him a cup of tea, but are delighted to have been able to start vaccinating their patients and look forward to this continuing over the next few months.”

She added: “Practices will be in touch to offer appointment for vaccination, there is no need to contact your practice directly - they will contact you.”

All in all, the last year has been as action packed as his youth for Mr Beaumont.

He was serenaded outside his home on on his 99th birthday last May by Army piper and Brora native Colin Simpson, and in August was presented with a specially minted commemorative coin and letter of thanks marking his contribution to the Allied victory in WWII.

And now he is taking the Covid-19 pandemic in his stride.

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