V-day hero who gave one of first interviews after Covid jab rollout dies aged 92

Martin Kenyon was one of the first people in the world to receive the Pfizer jab

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A V-day hero who gave one of the first interviews in the Covid-19 jab rollout has died aged 92.

Martin Kenyon was hailed a national treasure after being interviewed outside Guy’s Hospital in London after becoming one of the first people in the world to receive the Pfizer jab.

When asked about his experience on CNN in December 2020, Mr Kenyon said: “I couldn’t damn well find anywhere to park my car, so I was late.”

Mr Kenyon’s daughters Eliza and Nina have now announced that the former Overseas Students Trust director and anti-Apartheid campaigner died peacefully at home on Wednesday morning.

Martin Kenyon
Martin Kenyon
Guy's Hospital
Guy's Hospital

The daughters said: “Our beloved, unique, impossible, wonderful Pa died on Wednesday morning last.

“Thank you for being part of his London life. Having lived here since 1975, the root system is deep, and the connections are strong.

“And of course, he now travels in the good company of Queen Elizabeth II, which he would be very glad about.”

The pair added that they had already informed the pensioner’s neighbours of his death.

Eliza said that Mr Kenyon, a former officer in the Royal Welch Fusiliers, met Queen Elizabeth II in the 1980s.

She added to the MailOnline: “He went to a reception at Buckingham Palace and Pa was presented to the Queen.

“At the time, he was lobbying quite hard for sanctions against South Africa when the Thatcher government was opposing them.

“He told us how when he was presented to the Queen, she tapped her nose and said, ‘I'm playing my part behind the scenes too, Mr. Kenyon’.”