A World War Two veteran who survived bomb attacks while serving in the Navy has added a new string to his bow aged 90 – by becoming a model.
Stan Turton, who came within an inch of being killed at 1944’s Battle of Anzio in Italy, is the new face of the Sheffield Therapy Centre, in Gleadless Townend.
The former seaman, one of the last survivors from one of the toughest Allied campaigns of the conflict, attends the centre for chiropody appointments.
And when he began to share his stories with therapists, director Sarah Roe asked if he would model for her as part of the chiropody section on the centre’s website.
She also offered Stan free chiropody and physiotheraphy treatments for the rest of his life.
The war veteran was pleased to help out – while Sarah said she was ‘honoured’ that he accepted his new modelling role.
“My job brings me into contact with some wonderful people but none more so than Stan,” said Sarah, who runs the centre with husband Mark.
“As far as I’m concerned, Stan will never pay for chiropody or physiotherapy again and it’s the very least we can do.
“I would urge other local businesses and members of the public to seek out these heroes, what few there are left, and show a small act of kindness.”
Stan, from Heeley, added: “I like to help people in any way I can. I think Sarah and Mark are brilliant, kind people that I’m pleased to have met.”
Earlier this year he returned to Anzio – a town south of Rome – to commemorate the campaign, in which thousands lost their lives. Stan laid wreaths at war graves and was joined by just three other British veterans.