Veterans make a Brandon display with a difference this remembrance

Bunches and bows in Brandon have a live window display to commemorate Remembrance Day.Former Sgt Bri

Bunches and bows in Brandon have a live window display to commemorate Remembrance Day.Former Sgt Brian Boag of the a Royal Artillery sits on display.Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

If you pass by the window of Bunches and Bows flower shop in Brandon this week, stop and take a moment to admire their Remembrance Day display.

Bunches and bows in Brandon have a live window display to commemorate Remembrance Day.Former Sgt Bri

Bunches and bows in Brandon have a live window display to commemorate Remembrance Day.Former Sgt Brian Boag of the a Royal Artillery sits on display.Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Because rather than being adorned with just the usual wreathes of poppies, the window sees some very special volunteers taking pride of place in a live display.

Veterans from the town will be sitting in the window for an hour a time in the lead up to Remembrance Day.

Sporting their service medals, and with some in uniform, the veterans have been waving at passers-by, with drivers being encouraged to honk their horns in support.

One of those taking part on Monday was Charlie Wharf, from Brandon, who served in the Royal Anglians from 1944 to 1948, catching the tail end of the Second World War.


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Having sat in the shop window, with his service medals on his chest, the 88-year-old said he had enjoyed the experience.

'It's a bit of fun really. I am getting plenty of attention and lots of hoots and waves.

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'I never knew an hour could go so quickly – when I was on guard duty it used to seem a lot longer,' he said.

Mr Wharf was followed by 85-year-old Harry Rumsey, who did his two years national service in the RAF in the 50s.

'I had a call last night and I feel that with things like this that if people don't do their bit then it's a waste of time,' he said.

The shop, in High Street, has become known in the town for its colourful displays.

Are you doing anything different for Remembrance Day? Let us know by emailing Andrew Fitchett on andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

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