Remembering the fallen at charity party in Holbeach

John Hayes MP (front second left) at the Anglia Motel Armed Forces charity evening in Holbeach with (back) Mary Cooper of Chosen Charity Shop, Holbeach, Betty Buffham, Carol Foster, Sheila Hodges, Harold Payne, Iris Bowland of Chosen, Wing Commander Stew Geary and Flight Lieutenant Gary Walker, both of RAF Marham, (front) Jack Hawkins, World War II veteran John Summerson, Paul Matson and Sgt Kev Retzback of RAF Coningsby.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG040217-202TW.

John Hayes MP (front second left) at the Anglia Motel Armed Forces charity evening in Holbeach with (back) Mary Cooper of Chosen Charity Shop, Holbeach, Betty Buffham, Carol Foster, Sheila Hodges, Harold Payne, Iris Bowland of Chosen, Wing Commander Stew Geary and Flight Lieutenant Gary Walker, both of RAF Marham, (front) Jack Hawkins, World War II veteran John Summerson, Paul Matson and Sgt Kev Retzback of RAF Coningsby. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG040217-202TW.

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It was a “beautiful evening” for veteran Harold Payne and his annual thanksgiving and cheque presentation party in Holbeach.

The party at the toown’s Holbeach Community Centre was in honour of all past sponsors of Mr Payne and his volunteers in their vast amount of work for military charities and organisations.

Among the entertainment at the party were The Dreambelles, Lena Jane and Kirton Brass Band whose members played songs from the 1930s and 40s.

Mr Payne said: “You’ve got to appreciate what people do for you in life and remember what those lads went through in the (Second World) War.

“It was also a night to remember all the young American and British soldiers who never returned from the War.”

Special guest John Hayes, MP for South Holland and Deepings, presented cheques of £10,000 to the Royal Anglian Regiment and £1,000 to personnel from RAF Marham.

Wartime Britain re-enactors (back) Peter Cotton, Dave Smithson, (front) Janice Weston and Denise Smithson.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG040217-191TW.

Wartime Britain re-enactors (back) Peter Cotton, Dave Smithson, (front) Janice Weston and Denise Smithson. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG040217-191TW.

There were also donations of £1,000 from Barclays Bank and Chosen Charity Shop, Holbeach, whose volunteers and trustees gave £3,000.

You’ve got to appreciate what people do for you in life and remember what those lads went through in the (Second World) War

Harold Payne, Anglia Motel, Fleet
Guests at Holbeach Community Centre for the cheque presentation evening.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG040217-196TW.

Guests at Holbeach Community Centre for the cheque presentation evening. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG040217-196TW.