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Former servicemen invite public to join Walk 4 Honour event for The Royal British Legion

PUBLISHED: 12:05 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:41 02 May 2017

Peter (left) and Mick (right) attending a church parade with the Branch at Bexleyheath

Peter (left) and Mick (right) attending a church parade with the Branch at Bexleyheath

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Mick Spencer and Peter Holden served in the forces for more than eight years

Mick performing the guard of honour at a friends wedding. Mick is the first person on the rightMick performing the guard of honour at a friends wedding. Mick is the first person on the right

Two former servicemen are encouraging the public to go the extra mile in aid of the armed forces community.

Mick Spencer and Peter Holden, members of the Bexleyheath and Welling branch of The Royal British Legion, have organised this year’s Walk 4 Honour, a 10k walk at Danson Park on June 17, in celebration of those who have served in the armed forces since 1914.

Both Mr Spencer and Mr Holden have been active members of the Bexleyheath and Welling branch for years after leaving their post in the armed forces.

Mr Spencer signed up to the army, aged 17, in 1960 and joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps repairing weapons, vehicles and other military equipment. He became a driver, tech clerk and then physical training instructor, when after nine years of service he decided to leave.

Weapon training. Mick is in the middle of the three lads standing at the backWeapon training. Mick is in the middle of the three lads standing at the back

Ever since, he has been motivated by his own experience to carry on the memory of those served and now seek care and support.

He said: “The services will always be close to my heart which is why we help to organise this event each year.”

Mr Holden served in the Royal British Navy for more than eight years as a seaman gunner.

He added: “Last year we raised an incredible £7,000 and we hope to raise more than we ever have this year but we can only do this with the support of our local residents.”

The sponsored walk kicks off at 11am.

Entry is £5 for over 16s and £2 for under. There are also group prices on request.

To register call 0208 3032601 or email membership@bexleyheathandwellingrbl.co.uk

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