Hundreds expected at Doddington remembrance march to honour armed forces

VILLAGERS to show support for armed forces again in second Mini March for Honour after hundreds turned up for the event last year.

More than 350 walkers took part in the Doddington march last year raising �818.50 and organisers are expecting more to turn up tomorrow at 10am to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. People taking part each donate �1.

Paula Knott, who served with a RAF, started the event last year so that anyone could take part, including a pensioner who chose to walk behind his wheelchair for the march.

“It reflects the long term commitment we have for services personnel,” the treasurer of The Royal British Legion Women’s Section Doddington & District Branch said. “People are becoming more aware of the needs of servicemen and women which is why the event is so popular.

“There are five organisers aged 18 and under and they said why should Remembrance Day always be so morbid so we came up with the walk and they were really encouraged by the coverage in last year’s Cambs Times.

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“Last year, there even was a toddler, who started walking two days earlier, who took part and but of course we made the course shorter for her.”

An additional �272 was raised from merchandise at the Poppy Shop meaning a total of �1,090.50 was donated to the Royal British Legion who are finding it difficult to meet all the welfare needs of the service community.

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Jack Emmett, 18, and older brother Ben, who has just finished serving with the army, will head to The George, in Doddington, after the walk to have their legs waxed. Mrs Knott added: “It’s an hour of pain to reflect the lifetime of pain that others have. We thought its better to do it after the walk so their legs aren’t in pain.”

A raffle, with a Buckley Poppy Brooch as the top prize, will take place in the pub after then walk.

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