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  • Busy times for veterans’ association

    Henry James

    MEMBERS of the Skelmersdale Veterans Association have been very busy throughout November with the organisation collecting across the town, including at the Concourse Shopping Centre.

    During the Remembrance period, the veterans were also on parade at three very different locations - Skelmersdale; Whitehall, where member William Duncan was invited by his regiment to parade in London; and the Caribbean, where chairman Alan Lewis was on holiday!

    Meanwhile the association also visited Woodlands Primary School in Birch Green.

    They also had a presence at the Birminghan Military Tattoo on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25, featuring massed bands, spectacular displays and massed standards and culminating in a spectacular grand finale with a special guest appearance by vocal soloist captain Gary Chilton (from The Soldiers).

    Members from the association also visited Eden Camp modern history museum at Malton, North Yorkshire.

    The site aims to bring history to life and allows pupils and adults to experience the sights, sounds and smells of war. It is housed in the grounds of a Second World War prisoner of war camp.

    Chairman of Skelmersdale Veterans Association, Alan Lewis, commented: “The association had an amazing time at Eden Camp and I would recommend it to kids and adults.

    “We want to thank county councillors Terry Aldridge, John Fillis, Julie Gibson and Nikki Hennessy for their support.

    “We would also like to thank Mr Miller from Woodlands School and all the young people who made the veterans most welcome to their school over Remembrance.

    “If any other school would like to invite the veterans to their school, they can contact me on 07939 660 048.”

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