Motel honours war heroes

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Tears flowed at the Anglia Motel, Fleet, on Saturday where armed forces veterans were honoured for their sacrifice to Queen and country.

About £17,000 raised over the last year by staff and guests at the motel was presented to three military charities, including £15,000 to the Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent Charity, on a night which featured entertainment from the Peterborough Pipe Band.

Heroes chartiy cheques at Anglia Motel Fleet.
Back: serving and veteran heroes with beneficiaries front:  Jan and Bob Hawkins receiving �14000 for The Royal Anglian Regiment (their son Alex was killed serving in Afghanistan), organisor Harold Payne, Stuart Reid - RAF Memorial Flight, Sgt Mick Goddard - RAF Marham (Holbeach Hospital missing from photo).
Photo:  SG020213-180TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Heroes chartiy cheques at Anglia Motel Fleet. Back: serving and veteran heroes with beneficiaries front: Jan and Bob Hawkins receiving �14000 for The Royal Anglian Regiment (their son Alex was killed serving in Afghanistan), organisor Harold Payne, Stuart Reid - RAF Memorial Flight, Sgt Mick Goddard - RAF Marham (Holbeach Hospital missing from photo). Photo: SG020213-180TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Emotions ran high as Jan and Bob Hawkins from Dereham accepted the cheque for the charity in memory of their son, Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins (22) who died while serving with the regiment in Afghanistan in 2007.

About £2,000 was raised on the night for local veterans such as those involved in the Normandy Landings during World War II and motel owner Harold Payne said it was the best show held there in 20 years.

He added: “It was something completely unusual and people said how wonderful it was to see the band.” Photo (TIM WILSON): SG020213-1680TW.

 

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