“Hurry up” call to service veterans

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PEOPLE of all ages who have served in the armed forces have just two weeks left to contact Fenland District Council if they want to be presented with their Veterans Badge at the formal ceremony that the council is staging on Friday, June 29.

The event will include a thanksgiving service at St Peter’s church in March, followed by lunch in the church hall. It is open to people, young and old, who have served in the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or Merchant Navy.

Anyone wishing to take part must register their names with FDC by Tuesday, May 1, at the latest. This is to ensure that the correct number of badges can be ordered from the Veterans Agency in time for them to be handed over on the day.

They should call Sharon Smith at FDC on 01354-622281 or e-mail sharonsmith@fenland.gov.uk. When calling, they should have to hand the following details:

National Insurance number

Full name and postal address

Date of birth

British Service Number

Forces service, unit, regiment or squadron in which they served

Period of service – the dates served.

Calls should be made Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

It is the third that FDC has staged the Veterans Day event. This year it is being hosted by Councillor Michael Humphrey, FDC’s chairman, and the badges will be presented by Richard Barnwell, Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.

It is being held a day before the nation’s official Armed Forces Day on June 30. A special flag will also be flown outside Fenland Hall for a week, from June 25-30.

Picture caption:

A piper at the event in 2010