RAF Cosford Museum, 1st July 2015

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From the Huddersfield Examiner, 1st July 2015

Bus commuters were given a surprise when Army veterans paraded in front of them.

The impressive medals of the 48 members of Huddersfield Army Veterans Association twinkled in the sun as they walked proudly in formation into Huddersfield Bus Station today to embark upon their annual summer trip.

Dressed in their full uniforms for the special occasion despite it being one of the hottest days of the year, the veterans inspected by retired major Stephen Armitage before being allowed to embark their coach that took them to RAF Cosford to admire vintage aircraft.
It was a change for the group, who age up to 96-years-old, as they usually travel to the seaside on the trip together.

Amongst the day-trippers were Golcar woman Betty France, a 95-year-old former staff sergeant for the ATS and Meltham man Arnold Lodge, 96, who was in the Royal Artillery.

Speaking about the trip, Robert Sugden, committee member of the group said: “It’s a proud tradition that the association has and is looked forward to by the members.

“It was fortunate that this year we decided to go to the RAF base instead of the seaside considering the heat."
“On board the coach extra water supplies were rationed out well and shirt sleeve order was permitted.

“Under cover a wide selection of vintage aircraft were enjoyed by the veterans and they were warmly welcomed by the staff .

“The veterans as always entered into the spirit of the day and enjoyed lunch at the base and it was a pleasure to see them being stopped by members of the public for a chat because it shows how much they are appreciated.

“They always taken time and care to dress up very smartly and on the way home a stop was made for high tea at Lynn golf club.”
The association was founded in 1897.

Robert said: “The association is a unique organisation on a par with the more famous Chelsea pensioners.

“The very first outing was in 1897 to Cawthorne when wagonettes were hired for the day and tobacco was supplied .

“This was followed by Harden Moss in 1899 and the first annual dinner was held at the former Cherry Tree hotel in 1911.”

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