Thank you for Phear support

PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

May I, through your well-read pages, take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported our annual fete and 'D' Day remembrance service on June 7 and 8, from the advertisers who helped us to make public our event, ensuring that the people knew about i

May I, through your well-read pages, take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported our annual fete and 'D' Day remembrance service on June 7 and 8, from the advertisers who helped us to make public our event, ensuring that the people knew about it, to those who actually laid wreaths at the service.We were honoured this year to have an American couple attend on both days and who commented on the friendliness of the Exmouth people and, because we honour the young US sailors, soldiers and airmen from 1944 who came to our aid, have assured me they will return again next year to support our event and meet 'old friends' and, hopefully, bring others to Exmouth to share our hospitality and friendship.I would like to thank SWWA for their continued support these past 11 years, to Rev Fr Tony Oswin, who never fails to lead our services and who has also supported us since 1997. To Exmouth Town Band, especially Derek Roberts, its secretary, to the Kiddies Rides Group who also have been with us since 1997 and to the stallholders who regularly turn out to give us support and invest a 'few bob' in our efforts.To the individuals who sponsor us by investing privately in such things as our insurance and our extra expenses such as toilets, the buffet and other important outlays that we probably could not meet without their help. To the Park Inn for its excellent buffet and hospitality and to Blitz and Peaces for their unique entertaining.To our Mayor, Councillor Joy Whipps, to the wreath layers who are, after all, the essence of the day's service and who come from numerous associations such as the Normandy Veterans, the Merchant Navy, the RAFA and those representing the US regiments the 531 ESR, 12th INF DIV, 101st AIRBORNE and the private individuals who wish to honour loved ones or friends. It was also great to see the Devonshire Regiment represented again.To the US Navy Colour Guard, which is always a big draw and the centre of hundreds of photographs annually. To the Sea Cadets who did us proud on both days and Exmouth Amateur Boxing Club under the watchful eyes of Phil Crook and Neil Ferraday and company.To the Exeter Road traders who not only advertised but supported us throughout, especially Roger Helliker who, with his dog, spent as much time in Phear Park as the rest of us. To EDDC for all its extra help this year and to everyone who came along and spent good money or just supported us at the service. Finally, to Corner House Surgery for the excellent dog show, which this year was even better than before, and to Hawkridge Birds of Prey who really do draw the crowds and put on such a magnificent display. To Emma Crane, of Exmouth Photo Services, for never letting us down.You are all helping us to keep alive the memory of those young lives that were lost on June 6, 1944, as well as the thousands lost before and since that day. You are also helping us to support local good causes in their name.We only took £311 over the weekend but we gained the support of 517 signatories in support of our campaign to keep Phear Park green in just 10 1/2 hours and we are still getting more support by the day. Thank you Exmouth.I do hope I haven't forgotten anyone but, if I have, do forgive me, I'm truly sorry.Lionel R Howell,10 Cheshire Road, Exmouth

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