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Light Dragoons wives on top of an armoured vehicle with commanding officer, Lt Col Gus Fair.

Light Dragoons wives on top of an armoured vehicle with commanding officer, Lt Col Gus Fair.

There is only one more week to go to nominate your unsung community hero for the Stars of Norfolk Awards.

More than 20 judges will be looking at the dozens of entries for the event which celebrates people across the county at the EDP headquarters in Norwich on Tuesday October 1.

The awards, which were launched in June, have attracted more than 200 nominations and the categories range from Search and Rescue Person of the Year and Police Person of the Year to Fire Service Person of the Year and Small Business Community Support of the Year.

The winners will be announced on October 18 at St Andrew s Hall, Norwich.

Organiser Mick Parker said: The Stars of Norfolk Awards have met with the most amazing response from the people of Norfolk .

We have some wonderful nominations which will give the judges a very difficult task.

The awards night looks set to be a powerful, emotional and rewarding ceremony and we are all looking forward to an event which is sprinkled with stardust.

Judges include representatives from the police, fire service, ambulance service, businesses, and the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

The chairman of Norfolk County Council, Hilary Cox, and leader of the council, George Nobbs, will also be judging some of the entries.

One of the nominations for the Armed Services Award of the Year is the Light Dragoons Wives Club, based at the Robertson Barracks at Swanton Morley, near Dereham.

Capt Charlie Dunn, adjutant on the Swanton Morley army base, said: There has always been a wives club, ever since we came to Norfolk .

The members are from across the country and get together to organise things and look after each other .

I thought they needed recognition for their extraordinary charity work over the last two years.

They have raised 10,000 for the Light Dragoons Colonel s Appeal, which was set up in 2009.

Money from the appeal supports the families of Light Dragoon servicemen who are wounded while on operations or regimental service, and the families of soldiers killed in action .

So far the fund has raised nearly 1m.

The wives club raised the money through organising and posing in a calendar last year and completing a 50-mile walk over two days from Cromer to Hunstanton in May this year .

Currently, there are about 60 women in the club who arrange coffee mornings, book clubs and general get-togethers on a regular basis.

For more information about the Light Dragoons Colonel s Appeal visit www.ldcolonelsappeal.com.

The closing date for nominations for the Stars of Norfolk Awards is Monday, September 30.

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References

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Applause and tears greet the Light Dragoons at parade – Journal Live


12 Dec 2009 00:29
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THEY came home safe to applause and not a few tears after taking the fight to the Taliban.

THEY came home safe to applause and not a few tears after taking the fight to the Taliban.

Soldiers from the Light Dragoons were clapped in the streets as they marched through Newcastle city centre led by tanks yesterday.

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After a dangerous six-month tour of war-torn Afghanistan, warm cheers replaced the clatter of Taliban artillery for the 180-strong regiment.

Emotions ran high as thousands lined Percy Street, Blackett Street, and Northumberland Street to watch the soldiers in their desert camouflage gear set off from the Civic Centre.

And as friends, family, well-wishers and Christmas shoppers paused to reflect on their heroes safe return from Helmand Province, the boys in their black berets swelled with pride.

Two Scimitars, a Jackal and a Panther armoured vehicle escorted the soldiers, who were accompanied by the Band of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Proudly waving her union flag, Muriel McKinley paid her respects and her own thoughts turned to her daughter who serves as an Army medic in Afghanistan.

The 62-year-old, of Westerhope, Newcastle, said: We are so very proud of each and every one of them.

My own daughter has been away so I know that it is important to have them in our thoughts and make sure they know that.

Richard Thompson, 71, from Jesmond, joined the crowds, and said: They are so brave .

The boys and girls are doing something that many of us wouldn t dream of.

The Light Dragoons, which hold the Freedom of the City of Newcastle, were key troops in Operation Panther s Claw in the summer.

Trooper Glen Hamilton, 23, from Sunderland was on his first tour of Afghanistan .

He said: It s a relief to see that we are well supported by the people back home because it gives us a huge lift.

If we didn t have those thoughts in our heads out there our mission would be so much more difficult.

It s lovely to be back because out there you have a heightened sense of tension .

You are always on edge but now we can relax with our families for a while.

Sgt Stephanie Ross, 28, from Cramlington, Northumberland, said: It s nice to have everyone here and feel appreciated .

My family are all in the forces so they know how it feels.

Warrant Sergeant Major of the Light Dragoons, Greg Cathrae, described his regiment s actions as heroic.

We have men and women as young as 18 who have taken part in some of the fiercest battles for a long time and I am very proud of them all, he said.

They have been spot-on and deserve the welcome they have had in Newcastle .

They are doing a dangerous job and knowing they come home to applause makes them even more determined.

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  1. ^ 12 Dec 2009 00:29 (www.thejournal.co.uk)
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Light Dragoons wives trek across north Norfolk coast for soldiers …

Lady Dragoons charity walk . A victory glass at HunstantonLady Dragoons charity walk .

A victory glass at Hunstanton

The 21 women who finished the two-day charity walk from Cromer to Hunstanton last weekend were married to members of the Light Dragoons, based at Swanton Morley, near Dereham. So far, they have raised more than 9,000 for The Light Dragoons Colonel s Appeal, the regimental charity which supports wounded servicemen and women, and the families of those killed in action. Justine Plant, wife of commanding officer Lt Col Sam Plant, said: Everybody on the walk knew someone who had been injured, so the charity is just very close to our hearts .

We live on the camp and we have all been here through both the last two tours (of Afghanistan), so when someone gets hurt it, affects us all. Some of the soldiers doubted that we could finish it, but they are all very impressed that we did. It was a massive challenge .

Everyone has been training for months, even though we ve all got children or jobs . But it is such a long way and the wear on your feet is extraordinary . People really dug deep to do this .

Some people had blisters and problems with their knees it was so exhausting but I am so happy that everybody finished. One of the wives, Claire Stone, posted this message on her Facebook page today following the walk: Every blister, every ache, every toenail that fell off was worth it, RIP all Light Dragoons that we have lost, we did it for you and your family s and you were all certainly in my thoughts through the hardest of times….xxx. The walk was supported by two army medics also women including one who was injured in a bomb blast during the regiment s tour of Afghanistan last year.

The Lady Dragoons have already collected 9,000 from their trek, and hope to push the final sum into five figures. One of the aims of the Colonel s Appeal is to give enduring support to the relatives of Light Dragoons killed on duty. The charity has recently been able to help Samantha Davidson, whose husband, Sgt Lee Davidson, died in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in September .

Mrs Davidson has two young sons and baby daughter, who was born three months after Sgt Davidson was killed.

To donate, see www.virginmoneygiving.com/ladydragoons.

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