Emsworth, West Sussex was sealed off by the military today, Wednesday 17 October 2012 for approximately 2 hours. The streets leading to Emsworth Square were blocked by Army Landrovers while Starstreak equipped Alvis Stormers prowled with the tacit approval of the constabulary. Civilians were kept behind barriers.
As the club members are scattered around the Solent area can I urge you all to approach your local Royal British Legion Branch and volunteer the services of yourself and your vehicle for the Saturdays leading up to November 11th? I have done it and will be on Hayling from 27th October, other areas are, as yet, unclaimed. The presence of a military vehicle makes the collectors stand out from the crowd and gives a physical reminder of who is collecting and why. All that is required is that you turn up and look pretty, something I am exceedingly good at.
I am not doing this entirely altruistically, although I wholeheartedly support the RBL and all they have done for the last 90 years, I will be getting something back – more tales from ex-service people about what they did and what my type of vehicle did, what it means to them. So, if sitting in the autumn sunshine, sipping a brew from your thermos and chatting to some very interesting people appeals – get in touch with your local RBL and help their appeal
The Thorney Island Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors Club Under 10s Football Club Boot Camp was extremely hard work – for the footballers and their dads.