Army veteran from Attleborough and his daughter to fly the flag for SSAFA

Dave Bickle, from Attleborough, and his daughter Amiee. They represented armed forces charity SSAFA

Dave Bickle, from Attleborough, and his daughter Amiee. They represented armed forces charity SSAFA the pitch at Twickenham as part of the 2016 Remembrance event. Picture: DAVE BICKLE - Credit: Archant

An army veteran and his daughter will have the honour of carrying an armed forces charity's banner onto the field at Twickenham Stadium.

Dave Bickle, 51, and Amiee Bickle, 23, will be among a group of six bearing the banner for SSAFA before the England v. South Africa rugby match tomorrow (Saturday, November 12).

Mr Bickle said he was delighted to have been asked to represent SSAFA, which comes after taking part in a charity cycle.

He said: 'I was with a group of 50 others who did a charity bike ride to the Somme to raise money for SSAFA - I raised over £4,000 and the whole group raised more than £100,000.

'So they invited us to be among the group that carries the banner out onto the ground - it's a way of saying thank you.'


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Mr Bickle is chairman of Attleborough's British Legion branch, having spent 23 years in the Royal Engineers.

He said he was pleased to have supported such an important charity.

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he said: 'I'm an ex-serviceman myself so SSAFA is very close to my heart. They support not only people active in the services, but also those no longer active and their families.

'It's quite nice to get the recognition to be able to do this and it's very poignant as well because it's Remembrance weekend.'

The charity bike ride took place over three days and followed the route undertaken by the army cycle battalions during the Battle of the Somme battle in 1916.

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