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Soldiers put DIY skills to good use
SOLIDERS of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) workshop at 32 Regiment RA Larkhill put their professional and DIY skills to good use for charity The soldiers gave up their free time to repaint the landmark Landale Wilson Hall in the village of Enham Alamein in time for the 70th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of El Alamein next month.
“It’s important to us to forge links with the community,” said Sgt Gareth Bezant, who with Cpl Robert Westwood, organised the volunteering event.
“We have a strong association with the Enham Trust charity, which asked for our help with renovating the exterior of the hall,” he continued.
The Landale Wilson Hall was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1926, and is still a focal point for community activities in the village.
25 REME soldiers volunteered each day over the weekend, working so efficiently that they also managed to spruce up the thatched bus shelter.
Jo Young, Enham Trust’s volunteer programme manager, said: “They committed their own time for two days. It was a superb effort and we’re so grateful. It’s going to look so smart for the commemoration events.”
Five El Alamein battle veterans will attend a special commemoration service, part of a 1940s-themed weekend organised by the Enham Trust, on October 20 and 21.