Traditional British spirit at festive event

Christmas lunch for local elderly people who attend Gatehouse charity day centre in Mildenhall & residents from Queens Court in Bottisham.''From left; Veterans Les Phillips, William Dickinson, Burt Major and George Humbert were all ex army and served in the 2ND Cambridgeshire, 4 th Suffolk, 2nd Cambridgeshire,  8th Royal Service Core respectively

Christmas lunch for local elderly people who attend Gatehouse charity day centre in Mildenhall & residents from Queens Court in Bottisham.''From left; Veterans Les Phillips, William Dickinson, Burt Major and George Humbert were all ex army and served in the 2ND Cambridgeshire, 4 th Suffolk, 2nd Cambridgeshire, 8th Royal Service Core respectively

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SOME 60 elderly people sat down to a slap up Christmas lunch organised by The Olde Bull in in Barton Mills where wartime cameraderie and British spirit was celebrated.

The free lunch was provided to veterans of the Far East Prisoners of War along with elderly peeople who attend the Mildenhall Gatehouse project and residents of Queens Court care home in Bottisham.

The lunch was the idea of the Olde Bull owners Wayne Starling and Cheryl and Sonia Hickman, whose grandfather Ronald Hickman, was also a memberof FEPOW.

He served with the Suffolk Regiment and was imprisonewd by the Japanese at the start of World War Two – an experience which never left him.

Cheryl said: “It is important to us to give something back to the community and to recognise these heroes who sacrificed so much to allow us to live as we do today.”

Staff and suppliers gave donations of time and goods.