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War veterans have a wild (west) time

Military day at Anglia Motel Fleet
Helecopter drops in for the show ANL-140507-222123009

Military day at Anglia Motel Fleet Helecopter drops in for the show ANL-140507-222123009

Flags were flying again at the Anglia Motel in Fleet over the weekend as families flocked to an event to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings – and boosted the Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund by a staggering £11,530.

A host of military and vintage vehicles were on display, with other highlights including fly pasts by a Spitfire and a Hurricane, the Peterborough Pipe Band and a 1940s singer.

In addition, the event went a little more country and western, with a shoot-out at the ‘OK Corral’ by The Westerners, who had pitched a western-style town and a wigwam on site, and live music on stage.

There was also a display of classic cars, vintage tractors and a craft fair.

Organiser motel owner Harold Payne was thrilled with the turnout. He said: “It’s our best event yet and, even though it was a free event, we were able to add another £530 to the cheque presented to Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund. I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of people.

“But it’s all for the veterans. That’s why we do this and we’ll carry on, even though sadly there are not so many left.”

The next event will be a military vehicle display on the green in Hunstantion on August 30 and 31. Proceeds will be for the Anglia Motel Pilgrimage Fund and the Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund.

 

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