Coronation Street star visits RAF Marham

Anthony Cotton, Corrie star and ambassador for SSAFA, The Armed Forces charity, visited RAF Marham on Sunday 13th December 2015 ANL-151216-164643001
Anthony Cotton, Corrie star and ambassador for SSAFA, The Armed Forces charity, visited RAF Marham on Sunday 13th December 2015 ANL-151216-164643001
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The children of RAF Marham were treated to a very special visit on Sunday as they held their Christmas party and were visited by bikers.

The motorcyclists were from the Coastal Motor Cycle Club who were dressed in Santa outfits and loaded with presents.

Coastal Bikers visit RAF Marham with presents for children of the airbase. ANL-151216-170428001

Coastal Bikers visit RAF Marham with presents for children of the airbase. ANL-151216-170428001

The idea to do the present run came from club member Vicky Wilson who together with her mum, Sue, have arranged a number of similar events in the past for the station’s children, many of whom have parents away from home over Christmas.

Station Commander, Gp Capt Rich Davies and his wife Kate, were there to meet them when they arrived and led the large group of children out from the party to greet the bikers and eagerly await the handing out of the presents.

The Community Support Officer, Flt Lt Gary Walker, who had organised the party and liaised with the bikers, said just how much the run was appreciated by all at RAF Marham, who place great value on the support they receive from the community in West Norfolk and from the bikers in particular.

The children were treated to another surprise when Antony Cotton, ambassador to SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity (formerly known as the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and Coronation Street star, made a surprise appearance.

Antony, who plays Sean Tully in the popular ITV1 soap, said: “Our troops abroad this Christmas are doing all they can to protect us back home. SSAFA supports them and their families all year round but we recognise that Christmas can be a particularly difficult time to be without your husband or wife or dad or mum.

“As SSAFA’s ambassador I am delighted to bring just a little bit of Christmas cheer to these families.”