Veterans visit nursery

PUBLISHED: 15:26 02 November 2010

The chairman of the Wiltshire branch of the Normandy Veterns' Association, Bob Conway, Centre with Bert Williams (L) and Wally Beall (R)13 Feb 2009 See SWNS Story SWWAR D-Day heroes condemned the Government after it refused to pay for them to attend the forthcoming 65th anniversary of the landings. Thousands of World War II veterans had hoped to make the pilgrimage to Normandy in June this year and join together in remembrance of the dead. Every American and Canadian soldier who fought in the landings has

The chairman of the Wiltshire branch of the Normandy Veterns' Association, Bob Conway, Centre with Bert Williams (L) and Wally Beall (R)13 Feb 2009 See SWNS Story SWWAR D-Day heroes condemned the Government after it refused to pay for them to attend the forthcoming 65th anniversary of the landings. Thousands of World War II veterans had hoped to make the pilgrimage to Normandy in June this year and join together in remembrance of the dead. Every American and Canadian soldier who fought in the landings has

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SECOND World War Bomber Command veterans will be visiting Otter Nurseries on Saturday.

The group will be visiting the nursery in Gosford Road, Ottery, at 1pm, as part of their tour of garden centres all over the country.

They are raising funds for a memorial to be built in Green Park, Piccadilly, to the 55,573 aircrew of Bomber Command that lost their lives in World War Two. While generous support has been given so far, £1.9million is still needed.

The veterans will bring along photographs and wartime memorabilia and share their tales.

Some of them were captured and served two to three years as prisoners of war, some escaped and some did not. Others jumped from burning aircraft and survived.

The event will feature the Linda Operatic Society, Devon and Dorset Regiment Infantry Battalion, and special guest will be Ottery mayor Glyn Dobson.

Goodies including flags and badges will be given away, and there will be books on sale about the history of Bomber Command and wartime aviation greeting cards and prints.

Collectors can bring along their own books and memorabilia but a charge of £10 per item, which is paid to the memorial, will be made.

For more information call Sammy Morgan on (01753) 865253.


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