Friendly Loyals' photographic display in Leigh Spinning Gate Centre
9:20am Thursday 10th October 2013 in NW
SHOPPERS in Leigh’s Spinning Gate Centre took a close look at a display of military photographs set up by Hindley-based ex-servicemen’s group The Friendly Loyals.
Exhibition organiser Malcolm Vickers explained: “Almost everyone calling by the mobile photo display had served or had a relative who served our country’s military forces.”
A grandmother with tears in her eyes was a visitor to the stand and told the Loyals her only grandson was serving in Afghanistan. After receiving comforting words from one of the veterans she said: “But for our service men and women and those who sacrificed their lives we would be speaking a foreign language and dealing in foreign currencies.”
Ex-Army corporal Harold Hartley one of the veterans assisting with the display said: “Things never change. Since England has had an Army throughout history mothers and wives have been part of the waiting game, wondering whether their loved ones will be safe.”
Young visitors included 13 year-old Hollie Bawden, wearing a black parade hat, whose father is serving with The Royal Engineers, and Madison Tonge, 14, in pith helmet, who is interested in becoming an Army dog handler.
The Friendly Loyals invite any veterans and their partners to their meetings in The Banner Pub, off George St, Hindley, at 7pm on the first Tuesday of each month. The first drink is on the house for first time guests, and a hot supper is always served.
Call Harold Hartley on 01204 451548 for further details.
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