GALLERY: Ashes of war veteran and haulier Jack Richards scattered at Mepal Remembrance service

Ms Richards standing with Ernie Barlow at 75 NZ Squadron plinth Mepal.Picture: Rob Morris.

Ms Richards standing with Ernie Barlow at 75 NZ Squadron plinth Mepal.Picture: Rob Morris. - Credit: Archant

Remembrance Sunday at Mepal included a final goodbye to a popular war veteran and businessman who died this year at the age of 90.

Anthony Richards scattering ashes of his father Jack Richards at 75 NZ Squadron plinth Mepal. Pictur

Anthony Richards scattering ashes of his father Jack Richards at 75 NZ Squadron plinth Mepal. Picture: Rob Morris. - Credit: Archant

The ashes of Jack Richards, the past president of the 75 New Zealand Squadron, were scattered in memorial gardens in Mepal as part of the annual commemorations.

Among those who attended Sunday’s service was Mr Richards’ widow, Gladys.

Mr Richards, who ran a multi-million pound transport company, was a member of the Royal British Legion for 68 years and was the instigator of the memorial gardens in Mepal in the late 1970s.

The former RAF serviceman fitted engines for 75 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAF Mepal.

Ernie Barlow with Mrs Richards at 75 NZ Squadron plinth Mepal.Picture: Rob Morris.

Ernie Barlow with Mrs Richards at 75 NZ Squadron plinth Mepal.Picture: Rob Morris. - Credit: Archant


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Margaret Still, secretary of The Friends of 75 NZ Squadron, said the remembrance parade attracted more than 300 people to the chapel with people coming from far and wide to pay their last respects to Mr Richards.

She said: “It was a lovely service. He was a leading light. We scattered the ashes and then unveiled a plaque in honour of him as a lasting tribute.

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“The turnout was fantastic.”

Mr Richards founded Fakenham based Jack Richards and Son hauliers and died this year following a period of ill health.

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