John Flanner book launch

Launch event celebrates inspirational author John Flanner’s autobiography

Local business people and dignitaries, including Solihull mayor Cllr Glenis Slater, came together to celebrate the launch of a book by local blind speaker and author John Flanner MBE and the creation of a new National Civil Service Award. The autobiography Bitzaro to Buckingham reveals John’s focus on the encouragement and empowerment of others while overcoming significant obstacles in his own life – including a traumatic medical emergency when his wife was taken seriously ill at the Bitzaro Palace Hotel in Zante, Greece.


  1. Lynn Orton, John Flanner, Joan Smith, Clare Bugg
  2. Tracey Finnegan, Nick John, Lynn Wood
  3. Muchada Bvunzawabaya, Kyle Cottington, Rumbi Bvunzawabaya
  4. Wendy and John Oldham, Ally Flanner, Mark Leonard
  5. Maggie Tucker, Sylvia Flanner, Anne Barry, Charlotte Nall
  6. Rt Rev Dr David Carr, Carole and Paul Crabtree
  7. John Flanner, Cllr Glenis Slater, Graham Pearce
  8. Diana Pearce, Rosie Suter
  9. Brian Davis, Dr Gordon Coleman, Ally Flanner
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