Nominated months ago, newlyweds Les & Verity Wilson have been presented with a Spotted in Ely Community Star this weekend to thank them for their voluntary services to the Veterans and Serving Members of Her Majesties Armed Forces by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Richard Barnwell.
The Lord-Lieutenant was in Ely this weekend to oversee the Remembrance Parade and when he heard of the work Les & Verity, he was happy to stay around at present the award to the couple at The Townhouse in Ely. He also spoke and offered his thanks to work done this year in Ely and described the couple as “Inspirational”.
Les is a veteran of the Army and travelled the world. Verity was WRAF serving at RAF Ely for many years. The pair, although have known of each other for years, managed to tie the knot while starting The Ely Veterans Breakfast group which runs once a month on a Saturday. An opportunity for past and current service personnel to meet and create a new network of comrades. The group also communicates through a Facebook group to which Les administers and offers assistance and banter.
Orchestrated by Les & Verity, the couple also managed to arrange a collection of 80 Easter Eggs which were presented to the Highfields School in Ely and laid remembrance crosses at the graves of the fallen in Ely’s Cemetry.
This year’s Poppy Appeal has been successful with a final figure still yet to be counted, but both Les & Verity have been responsible for distributing the poppy boxes around the East Cambs area, rallying volunteers and arranging the Wreaths of Remembrance and their work this year isn’t over as they sit on the Ely Branch of The Royal British Legion and the debrief is yet to begin.
Ely and especially the Veterans and Serving Members of Ely owe a great thank you and we welcome Spotted in Ely’s newest Community Stars – Les & Verity Wilson.
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