House of Commons
JIM PURCELL
EDM #1011
Tabled 05 March 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House is saddened by the death of Jarrow legend, Jim Purcell, known affectionately as Jarra Jim who recently passed away aged 96; recognises that Mr Purcell will be remembered as an outstanding person for his tireless contribution to the local community through his volunteering and fundraising; recalls that Mr Purcell regularly completed the Great North Run well into his 90s, raising thousands of pounds for charities, being one of that event's most famous runners, even finishing the half-marathon despite having two knee replacements, inspiring people young and old to take part; further recalls that Mr Purcell proudly carried the Olympic torch when it passed through the area in 2012; salutes Mr Purcell for his service in the armed forces, notably being a Dunkirk veteran; notes that South Tyneside Council will be lowering its flags as a mark of respect; hopes that local people in South Tyneside give Mr Purcell the send-off he deserves at his funeral in Jarrow on 5 March 2018; and offers condolences to Mr Purcell's family and friends.