Meeting a remarkable man Ken Hay.
Yesterday, I met a remarkable man WW2 veteran Ken Hay who is 93 years old. Prior to kick off he laid the wreath on behalf of the Football Club. Ken was joined by a number of serving and ex-serving military personnel from the Royal Anglian Regiment at the match.
In 1944 he was transferred over to the Dorsets to go over to Normandy where he was captured and submitted to slave labour in a Polish coal mine. Ken also endured the ‘Long March to Freedom’ from Katowice to Bavaria between 23rd January and 20th April 1945. He was liberated on 22nd April before returning to England by Lancaster Bomber on 4th May 1945.
He also planted an Oak tree to represent the living legacy of those who fell fighting for our freedom 100 years ago.
Last week Ian Darler and some of the volunteers helped prepare the area by the Abbey Arms for the tree to be planted.
2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1, the tree was planted in conjunction with the Football Remembers and Woodlands Trust campaign ‘For Club and Country.’ and represents a living legacy to the footballers who served and died 100 years ago
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