Veterans grace vintage event

World War II veterans Eric Toynton, Reg Ketteringham (front), John Freeman and John Summerson at the Anglia Motel, Fleet.
World War II veterans Eric Toynton, Reg Ketteringham (front), John Freeman and John Summerson at the Anglia Motel, Fleet.
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A group of World War II veterans made sure the annual Military and Vintage Vehicle Rally at the Anglia Motel, Fleet, had an heroic feel at the weekend.

The decorated veterans from the 1944 D-Day landings on France’s Normandy beaches brought bright sunshine with them as hundreds of fascinated visitors gazed at about 150 classic cars, lorries and motorbikes.

Other attractions included The Hole in the Wall Gang with their version of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, a Big Bertha car crusher, Spitfire memorial flypast and a 16-tonne personnel carrier used during the 1990-91 Gulf War in the Middle East.

Organiser Harold Payne said: “What a wonderful weekend we had, with so many things to do and see for everyone who came to support us.

“It was the best turnout we’ve had for the vehicle rally in 20 years and the grassed area was virtually full.

“There were lots of charity stalls and we’d like to thank everyone who came to support us and helped us to raise about £3,500 for armed forces veterans and Fleet Baptist Church.”

Pictured are D-Day veterans Eric Toynton, Reg Ketteringham (front), John Freeman and John Summerson (back). Photo: SG070713-134NG