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Desert Rats memorial bid boosted by Narborough fete and dog show



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A move to a new venue hasn't distracted supporters of a veterans’ group from pursuing their long-term aim.

For the past five years, the Desert Rats Association has been raising funds to build a new memorial to its servicemen who died in conflicts dating back to the Second World War.

One of its key fundraisers has been a dog show and fete, which was held for the first time at the Narborough Community Centre on bank holiday Monday.

Dessert Rats Association Dog Show & Fete at Narborough ..Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Copley-Smith chairman Desserts Rats, Paul Harroll, Dave Moore. (50699650)
Dessert Rats Association Dog Show & Fete at Narborough ..Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Copley-Smith chairman Desserts Rats, Paul Harroll, Dave Moore. (50699650)

The event, which was held with the support of the village’s parish council, is estimated to have raised around £930 towards the project, which is expected to cost around £75,000.

The show was held in Oxborough for three years before being staged virtually in 2020, due to Covid.

The Desert Rats have a strong association with this area as they were stationed in the nearby Thetford Forest in the months leading up to the D-Day landings – the only period in which they were based on British soil.

Desert Rats Association Dog Show & Fete at Narborough ..Hollie with Star. (50699648)
Desert Rats Association Dog Show & Fete at Narborough ..Hollie with Star. (50699648)

Narborough parish council vice-chairman Peter Wilkinson said it had been a “privilege” to help the group after their usual venue become unavailable. Members of the community centre’s management committee also helped during the day.

Desert Rats Association Dog Show & Fete at Narborough ..Des Calton and Linda Calton. (50699647)
Desert Rats Association Dog Show & Fete at Narborough ..Des Calton and Linda Calton. (50699647)
Desert Rats Association Dog Show & Fete at Narborough. (50699653)
Desert Rats Association Dog Show & Fete at Narborough. (50699653)


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