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Carols for mourned comrades

PUBLISHED: 00:36 18 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

A NIGHT of carols raised hundreds of pounds for a fund to etch the name of World War Two heroes on the cenotaph at Ipswich's Christchurch Park.

Around 120 former servicemen, partners and their families headed to the Manor Ballroom for the Royal Naval Association (Ipswich and district branch) annual carol service.

A NIGHT of carols raised hundreds of pounds for a fund to etch the name of World War Two heroes on the cenotaph at Ipswich's Christchurch Park.

Around 120 former servicemen, partners and their families headed to the Manor Ballroom for the Royal Naval Association (Ipswich and district branch) annual carol service.

A raffle for a football signed by Ipswich Town Football Club players and for a photograph of HMS Grafton raised around £300 for the fund to extend the cenotaph and add the names of those who gave their lives for their country in the 1939 to 1945 war.

Around £250,000 is needed to provide a proper tribute to the 595 Ipswich heroes killed in the war.

"I'm more than speechless that their names are not there," said John Rivett, public relations officer for the branch. "It's a disgrace that they're not there."

Mr Rivett said the carol service had gone extremely well and that members of the Royal Airforce Association (Harwich and Dovercourt branch) had been invited along as guests.

The Essex Association was invited as a thank-you for bearing the standard at the funeral of the wife of an Ipswich Royal Naval Association member who herself had serviced in the air force.


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