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South Lincolnshre World War II veteran joins Fleet-based armed forces fundraiser at military weekend

South Lincolnshire D-Day veteran Ernie Covill (94) and armed forces fundraiser Harold Payne, owner of Fleet's Anglia Motel were guests at a military weekend in West Norfolk.

Hunstanton Green Military Weekend featured music from the 1940s, 50s and 60s performed by Sutton Bridge rock band, Three of a Kind, The DreamBelles, Me and My Girl and the Peterborough Pipe Band.

There was also a chance for visitors to remember servicemen and women who died in action during a sunset service on Hunstanton beach where wreaths and flowers were laid in tribute to the fallen.

World War II veteran Ernie Covill at the Hunstanton Green Military Weekend.Photo by Chris Carter.
World War II veteran Ernie Covill at the Hunstanton Green Military Weekend.Photo by Chris Carter.

About £2,500 was raised for military charities, including the Royal Lincolnshire and Anglian Regimental Association and the Anglia Motel Pilgrimage Fund which has funded trips to the Normandy beaches for veterans since 1988.

Mr Payne said: "We put on a nice military show and concert for the people and then we had a wonderful service at sunset to remember all the lads who died in the two World Wars, as well as more recent conflicts that have happened."

The Hunstanton Green event was also attended by the president of the Royal British Legion branch in Spalding, Chris Carter, who said: "There were 3,000 to 4,000 people who came and they were very moved during the service.

"Harold Payne has done e a great deal for ex-servicemen locally, particularly those connected with the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, and he has raised money for a variety of good causes in order to maintain the memory of servicemen who have done their best for their country.

"I think it's fantastic and Harold deserves to be commended for that."

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