Glasses were raised to a World War II hero who went on to become a popular member of Spalding’s military and sporting scenes.
A presentation organised by Spalding Parachute Regimental Association branch was held at the Lincoln Arms pub in town to remember Sergeant Ted Eaglen who died in May, aged 90.
Members of the current 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment attended the ceremony last Sunday when a bottle of whiskey given to Mr Eaglen by his commanding officer and fellow branch member Brigadier Alastair Pearson was presented to the regiment’s Major Justin Tancrel.
Branch secretary Bill Morter said: “The whiskey was a gift for Sgt Eaglen who joined the 8th Battalion Parachute Regiment in 1943, at the age of 19, and spent his Army career serving in Normandy and the Ardennes in 1944 and the Rhine Crossing in 1945.
“Ted was wounded twice and on his release from hospital in Belgium and his subsequent return to England, Ted was told that he couldn’t continue to undertake parachuting.
“As he couldn’t consider being in the Army without being a Para, he left the military in 1946 aged 22.”
Ted went on to play in goal for Spalding United Football Club and after taking up golf in 1998, he achieved a hole-in-one at the age of 78.
Major Tancrel said: “For us, it’s a privilege to be allowed to take this gift home to Glasgow to remember both Brigadier Pearson and Sgt Eaglen.”