Fleet Hargate businessman’s mobile museum for peace

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Harold Payne started raising money for local charities 40 years ago.

However, 22 years ago he began collecting money to take veterans to Normandy and estimates that around £560,000 has been raised in total.

For the past 21 years he has taken groups of veterans – 1,000 in total – and schoolchildren and laid wreaths in memory of the fallen of all nationalities.

When the numbers of Normandy veterans began to fall the money raised started helping the Royal Anglians through the Help Our Local Heroes fund.

Harold is planning this year to apply for planning permission for a memorial in Fleet Hargate dedicated to the men and women who have lost their lives in recent conflicts.

But for now his project is the educational mobile war museum.

Harold says: “Young people have to understand that war doesn’t achieve anything. When they look at the pictures, the films and memorabilia and read about the amount of soldiers lost, when they see memorials with all the names on they will understand more what it’s all about.”