Community Heroes reflect themeTONIGHT’S eagerly-anticipated Sky Bet Championship match with Middlesbrough at Carrow Road will also be the Club’s annual Armed Forces Day.
Norwich City will again welcome locally-based servicemen and women to the game from RAF Marham and The Light Dragoons from Swanton Morley. There will be also be representatives from the Royal Anglian Regiment and Forces2Canaries supporters group, whose members are Canary fans serving in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
The game’s Community Heroes (pictured) will also reflect the theme with one current and one former serviceman bringing out the matchball before kick-off – the two gentlemen also sharing a love for the Canaries.
First of our special guests is Staff Sergeant Paul Chamberlain who specialises in communications and IT with the Royal Signals currently based in Wiltshire.
He has served over 19 years with overseas postings in Germany and Cyprus and has seen operational tours of Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Paul has also raised over £20,000 for Armed Forces charities such as Help for Heroes by completing three London Marathons, three Great North Runs, assault course challenges, The 92 in 92 event and a marathon on a treadmill in Afghanistan.
Born and bred in Eaton, Norwich, the 38-year-old has tried to keep up with City’s fortunes wherever he has been, including watching the Canaries’ last promotion against Portsmouth in 2011 live on his base in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Paul will be joined on the evening by Major Les Reid CBE who will be celebrating his 96th birthday in a couple of weeks’ time.
A lifelong City supporter, Major Reid served his country throughout the Second World War where he saw active service across Europe including key operations in France and Germany. In March 1945 after being promoted to Major he was transferred to India until 1946 ahead of partition a year later.
He was then employed in government as a consul general in various world locations before retiring. In celebration of having been retired for 36 years he’s a guest here of our Match Sponsors Dunnella Ltd and we very much hope Major Reid, Staff Sergeant Chamberlain and all the forces representatives enjoy their evening with us.
Those personnel present will also form a guard of honour to welcome out the two teams and also have the opportunity to walk round the pitch at half-time.