Pegasus Bridge Event a huge success

The Pegasus Bridge event, held at Salisbury Rugby Club, was presented by Downton Historian Malcolm Dean. It was standing room only as the audience were gripped with the moving film, talk and army/Air Force reminiscences of the gliders of the airborne division’s operation and the taking of Pegaus Bridge in Normandy in 1944.

Amongst more than 100 guests were Colin Bulpitt - Ludgershall standard bearer, Sir Dennis Hunter - Second World War veteran and Maurice Betteridge - Parachute Regiment veteran who had stories of their own.

There was a raffle with prizes donated by friends and Malcolm Dean and the event raised more than £1,700.

All the proceeds from the evening Malcolm presented as a charitable donation to Joe Landon’s Foundation. Joe had a life-changing accident in 2013 when he was was just 17. He was hit by a car while crossing the road on his push bike in Salisbury. His head injury has left him unable to communicate - other than a “yes” blink and needing 24-hour care in a specialist Neuro Hospital - Glenside. The Foundation is raising funds so that Joe can move out into his own home in Porton which needs major adaptations.

Joe’s parents, Ian and Sue Landon, said a few words and were overwhelmed with the kindness and support of Malcolm Dean and the gathering.