South Holland veterans at Arnhem 70th commemoration

Jan Whitbourn at the Arnhem commemoration.
Jan Whitbourn at the Arnhem commemoration.
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South Holland veterans and other people from the area attended the Arnhem 70th anniversary commemoration held at Woodhall Spa.

Parachute Regiment veterans, members of the Royal British Legion, Air Cadets and current serving members of the forces followed the RAF Waddington Pipe Band in a parade from Petwood Hotel to the High Street.

The Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth and his wife Jenny led the contingent from this area. At the rear of the parade was Tulip Radio’s Chris Carter driving his 1942 Austin K2 Ambulance.

The parade made its way to a commemorative church service which was followed by lunch for all the veterans and their families as well as subsequent armed forces personnel with a connection to the raid.

Operation Market Garden, as it was code named, was the raid into enemy territory that was intended to secure the vital bridges over the Rhine into Germany. This would have eased the passage of the rapidly advancing Allied Forces – and would have shortened World War 2. Sadly, the enemy rushed in massive retaliatory forces and drove the Allies back, resulting in heavy casualties.

Most of the British forces for the raid were based around Woodhall Spa. Other commemorations are due to take place in Arnhem.