From the archive this week: Local man, John David Wilce, accepting an award from the town mayor for an act of bravery in 1970.

John Wilce, from Norris Close, Penarth, was a well-known local figure for decades.

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In 1970, John received a British Humane Association award for attempting to save the life of an elderly woman who fell from Penarth Pier.

Praised at the time for his “great courage and presence of mind”, he jumped 25 ft into the water in an act of quick-witted heroism.

John’s parents owned a newsagent on Kings Road in Canton, though John grew up to be a telecommunications engineer. In the 1980s, he changed career and began to work at the Cogan Tesco store.

According to his godson, Philip Mansell, John’s true passion was music and his favourite band were The Beatles. For several years, he was an award-winning presenter for Radio Glamorgan at the University Hospital of Wales.

Following his death in 2018, Radio Glamorgan renamed their studio after John to commemorate his years of voluntary service as a presenter.

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