Judges’ lawyers and court staff pay to tribute to court usher who died of cancer

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JUDGES, lawyers and court staff paid tribute to a much-loved court usher who lost a brave battle against cancer.

Ann Johnson, from Hartlepool, died on June 27 at the University Hartlepool of Hospital.

She was 56 and had worked as an usher at Teesside Crown Court for a number of years.

Mrs Johnson was first diagnosed with throat cancer in February last year, but returned to work after six months after having a tumour removed.

Sadly, the cancer returned this year and Mrs Johnson last worked at the court in March.

Yesterday, dozens of court staff, including many barristers and judges, gathered in court for a eulogy read by the Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Simon Bourne-Arton.

They were joined by Ann’s family including husband Jimmy and her two children, son Andrew and daughter Katie. She also had two grandchildren, Freddie, aged three and Phoebe, who is four. Her funeral takes place on Friday, at St John the Baptist Church, in Greatham.