Chance to support heroes at weekend extravaganza

SUFFOLK: Preparations are well under way today for a weekend extravaganza in honour of our armed forces.

The Salute for Heroes is happening at Glemham Hall, just off the A12 north of Woodbridge, tomorrow and Sunday.

Organisers are promising fun for all the family and are hoping for a bumper turnout to raise as much money as possible for armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

A fantastic programme is planned including stunt horses, motorcycle display teams, dog agility, vintage aircraft displays, freefall parachute displays, brass and pipe bands, armoured vehicles and a grand finale that will include all 1,000 participants, a flypast and a 21-gun salute from a large vintage cannon.

There will also be a variety of battle re-enactments from the classical Greek and Roman era through to the English Civil War and post-Second World War.

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On Sunday, there will be a drum head service performed by the Royal British Legion.

Roger Willison-Gray, chairman of the event’s organising committee and Suffolk co-ordinator for Help for Heroes, said: “There is something for everyone. It promises to be a wonderful two days and I would encourage everyone to come down and have a look.

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“Our aim is to try to raise �250,000 for Help for Heroes. We are currently building four personnel recovery centres around the country so people can be rehabilitated in their own community – one of which will be in Colchester. We hope the money we raise will contribute to that.

“With that in mind the whole show has an East Anglian theme – the displays and exhibitions have been chosen to reflect the history of the region.”

Jeremy Rugge-Price, Help for Heroes Suffolk co-ordinator and military co-ordinator for the weekend’s event, has visited the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Unit at Headly Court in Surrey which is supported by the charity.

“It’s not necessarily all about physical injury,” he said. “There are people with all sorts of wounds, mental and otherwise.

“It is essential these boys are given as much help as possible. Every penny we raise through the fund goes directly to that.”

The event runs from 11am to 5pm both days with gates opening at 10am and car parking from 8am.

Admission is �10 for adults, �5 for children or �20 per car, �40 per minibus and �200 per coach.

n Are you planning to go to the event? Is enough done to support our troops? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail

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