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Badges mark great bravery

PUBLISHED: 20:56 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:48 05 July 2010

VETERANS and ex-Bevin Boys gathered at Lowestoft's Ex-Serviceman's Club to receive badges recognising their service to the country.

Eight men gathered at the Gordon Road club with their friends and families to receive recognition of their efforts from Waveney MP Bob Blizzard on national Veterans Day.

VETERANS and ex-Bevin Boys gathered at Lowestoft's Ex-Serviceman's Club to receive badges recognising their service to the country.

Eight men gathered at the Gordon Road club with their friends and families to receive recognition of their efforts from Waveney MP Bob Blizzard on national Veterans Day.

Mr Blizzard said: “Today is a very special day and it is nice to be here to celebrate this occasion. Remembrance Day is about those who gave their lives, but it is also important to remember those who didn't have to give their lives. It is important to honour and remember their efforts while they are still with us.”

It was the third year in a row that Mr Blizzard has presented veterans with badges to mark their service, but the first year that Bevin Boys, who were conscripted to work in UK mines during the war, have been recognised.

Amongst those to receive a Bevin Boys badge was Brian Arlow, of Wollaston Road. Mr Arlow, who proudly already wore the Veterans badge he received last year, spent 13 months in the mines before going on to serve in India.

“I was in County Durham for 13 months but the coal dust affected me and I was declared unfit for underground work. I was discharged but just a fortnight later I was called out to India for three years,” said Mr Arlow.

Others to receive Bevin Boys badges were Almer Butler, William Keith, Arthur Allison and Bob Rainer. Robin Jones and Barry Turrell were presented with Veterans badges, while Ronald Wilson, of Dell Road East, was presented with both badges as he also served in the mines and at the front line.

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