Six members of our Armed Forces Veterans led both teams out for a minute’s silence before the kick off and then later enjoyed our hospitality with our sincere thanks and appreciation for their service.
Guardsman 25163193 James Ferry who served with the Irish Guards for 4 years and left with an exemplary record on compassionate grounds. James will proudly wear the colours of the Irish Guards of blue red blue.
Royal Marine Shane Bennett who served with the Royal Navy for 5 years with operational tours in Afghanistan in force protection. He was attached to Logistics Company, Medical Squadron, 40 & 42 Commando and the Special Boat Service for operational support. On Saturday Shane will proudly wear his regimental blazer.
Quartermaster Sergeant 24519448 Jeff Hawker BEM (British Empire Medal) who served for 37 years in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. Jeff was awarded his British Empire Medal for his services in the first Gulf War and will be proudly wearing his blazer, beret and medals.
W0470215 Dawn Hawker who served for 3 years in the Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC). Dawn will proudly wear her service medals.
Kingsman 25130666 Chris Squires who served for 13 years in the British Army with both the King’s Regiment and the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. Chris did 2 tours in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan. Chris will also be wearing his blazer, beret and medals with pride.
WAEM (Wren Air Engineering Mechanic) W144158S Claire Wright RN who served for 8 years both with the Royal Navy Reserves aboard HMS Salford and with the Women’s Royal Navy aboard HMS Illustrious, taking tours of duty in the Gulf and Sierra Leone. On Saturday Claire will also proudly wear her service medals.
Chris and Claire went on to set up the Trafford Veterans at The Mess group and carry out fantastic work in our local community to support other retired Armed Forces Veterans.