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'Hurry up' call to service veterans

People who have served in the armed forces have just two weeks left to contact Fenland District Council if they want to be presented with their Veterans Badge at a special ceremony the authority is staging this summer.

HM Armed Forces Badge

The formal Veterans Day celebration on Friday, June 29, will include a thanksgiving service at St Mary's Church in Whittlesey, followed by lunch at the Childers Sports and Social Club in Station Road, Whittlesey.

Veterans of all ages and any length of service, who have served in the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or Merchant Navy, including Volunteer and Regular Reserves, are welcome to attend and receive an HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge is they have not previously received one.

Any veterans wishing to take part must register their names with the Council by Tuesday, May 1, to ensure that the correct number of badges can be ordered from the Veterans Agency in time for the day.

They should contact Joanne Goodrum, the Council Chairman's secretary, on 01354 622285 or e-mail, with the following details to hand:

·         National Insurance number

·         Full name and postal address

·         Date of birth

·         British Service Number

·         Forces service, unit, regiment or squadron in which you served

·         Period of service - dates served

Calls can be made Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.45pm.

This year the ceremony is being hosted by Council Chairman, Cllr Mrs Kay Mayor, and the badges will be presented by the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Dr Andrew Harter, CBE.

It is being held a day before the nation's official Armed Forces Day on June 30. A special Armed Forces Day flag will also be flown outside Fenland Hall in County Road, March, for a week.

Article added: April 13, 2018