Armed Forces association turns 70

Spalding Parachute Regimental Association members and guests at its 70th anniversary celebration inside the clubhouse at Spalding Golf Club.
Spalding Parachute Regimental Association members and guests at its 70th anniversary celebration inside the clubhouse at Spalding Golf Club.

Veterans and guests marked the 70th anniversary of Spalding Parachute Regimental Association with a celebration meal at Spalding Golf Club.

Coun Michael Seymour, Chairman of South Holland District Council, and his wife Pauline, joined members of the association founded by members of the Spalding-based 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment in 1946.

Branch chairman David Allmand said: “It was absolutely brilliant and a really good night when everybody was in good heart.

“The food was good, the location was good, we were all in very good company and I don’t think it could have gone any better.”

The association was formed after 3rd Battalion soldiers returned from the Battle of Arnhem in Holland fought in September 1944 during World War II.

Mr Allmand, who joined the Airborne Forces in 1956, said: “I was trained by the people who set the standard, the Parachute Regiment war veterans.

“It was fearsome, but something everyone goes through.”

The Spalding branch membership also servicemen who fought in the 1982 Falklands War, as well as in Afghanistan since war broke out there in 2001, and Mr Allmand said: “One or two veterans have left the area and joined other branches.”