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War memorial appeal boost

PUBLISHED: 06:43 15 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:51 03 March 2010

IPSWICH'S hopes to commemorate the town's Second World War fallen received another boost today.

Hundreds of pounds was raised at an entertainment evening in Ipswich where guests came from as far afield as Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

IPSWICH'S hopes to commemorate the town's Second World War fallen received another boost today.

Hundreds of pounds was raised at an entertainment evening in Ipswich where guests came from as far afield as Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Ipswich Royal British Legion hosted the event where Taffy Gillingham of the Khaki Chums gave two spellbinding talks including history of uniforms and weapons to the present day.

Peter Thompson, secretary of the British Legion, said: "Everybody enjoyed the evening which raised about £1,300."

Ipswich Mayor Richard Risebrow auctioned a signed Ipswich Town football and music and songs were provided by Terry le Travers.

Refreshments were available on the night.

So far £70,000 has been raised for an extension of the town's cenotaph in Christchurch Park to commemorate the town's Second World War dead.

Recent donations include The Women's Royal British Legion who raised £100 in a bring and buy stall. Suffolk County Council have so far pledged £2,000.

Mr Thompson thanked Ipswich Borough Council for their part in compiling a printed hard copy of the names ready to be set in bronze.

Cheques should be made out to Ipswich World War Two Memorial Fund and sent to the British Legion Ipswich Branch 12 St Margaret's Green Ipswich IP4 2BS or taken to Ipswich Borough Council premises.

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