FENLAND: 98-year-old Jim is presented with his Veteran's Badge by High Sheriff
PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:08 02 June 2010
IN a touching postscript to last week s Armed Forces Day ceremony in March, 98-year-old Jim Enright was presented with his Veteran s Badge at the care centre in Wisbech that he attends five days a week. Freddie Grounds, Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire
IN a touching postscript to last week's Armed Forces Day ceremony in March, 98-year-old Jim Enright was presented with his Veteran's Badge at the care centre in Wisbech that he attends five days a week.
Freddie Grounds, Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, and Lady de Ramsey, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, made a special trip to the Rosebank Centre immediately after the official ceremony to meet Mr Enright and his wife, Lily.
After presenting him with his badge, they stayed to chat with staff and some of the other older people there.
Afterwards Mrs Enright said: "We were very pleased. It was lovely of them both to come and Lady de Ramsey was so nice to us."
Mr Enright is believed to be the oldest surviving Fenland veteran. He served in the Army with the Royal Signals and was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore in 1942. He remained a prisoner of war for the next four years.
The flag-raising ceremony at Fenland Hall and the presentation of Veteran's Badges to about 95 veterans was organised by Fenland District Council to honour Britain's service personnel.
Photos from the Armed Forces Day celebration can be viewed online at www.fenland.gov.uk/ccm/content/events/veterans-day.en. Anyone without access to the internet can visit one of our Fenland @ your service shops, where customer service advisors will be happy to show you the photos. Anyone who would like full-sized photos emailed to them or wants to request a print should contact the council's Member Services team on 01354 622258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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