Past and present forces members honouredNORWICH City Football Club will be supporting this year’s Poppy Appeal on behalf of the Royal British Legion. Prior to the West Ham match on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm) we have members of our armed forces collecting around Carrow Road and at half-time we will have a parade of service personnel from RAF Marham, the Cambridge University Air Squadron and the Light Dragoons based in Swanton Morley.
In addition to this both Norwich City and West Ham players will also be wearing poppies on their shirts, with the City players’ shirts to be auctioned off on the Club’s official ebay store with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.
The Club will be holding a minute’s silence before kick-off and joining the players on the pitch will be members of our armed forces - along with 94 year old Arthur Brough a special guest of the Club who served his country during World War Two surviving the Battle of Dunkirk before being held as a prisoner of war for more than four years.
Mr Brough was invited to today’s match by the Norwich City Directors after they read the amazing details of his wartime experiences in the Eastern Daily Press in September – see the full story here.
Meanwhile Norwich City are also delighted to welcome on to the pitch servicemen and women from RAF Marham – the largest fast-jet RAF station in the UK and also one of the largest employers in Norfolk with 3,600 military and civilian personnel, plus over 1,200 industry staff. At any one time there will be a number of personnel deployed on operations or on exercise across the world. RAF Marham’s Tornado squadrons are due to deploy to Afghanistan again early next year to continue their support of UK and Coalition forces.
We also have personnel from the Cambridge University Air Squadron, the first University air squadron of the 14 University Air Squadrons to be formed in 1925. Its role is to provide flying training to all its members, as well as leadership training and personal development.
And also here today are the Light Dragoons who are a based in Swanton Morley near Dereham. The Light Dragoons have served in many countries such as, Bosnia, Iraq and more recently Afghanistan, Over the past 12 months The Light Dragoons have been going through a period of intense training and they have been deployed on exercises across the world.
Don’t forget the Norwich City players’ shirts worn during the game and featuring the distinctive red poppies will be auctioned off next week on the Club’s official ebay store with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion. Please see canaries.co.uk for further details.