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Army veterans reunite at pub

RAOC veterans at a reunion at the Eagle and Child in Billinge
RAOC veterans at a reunion at the Eagle and Child in Billinge
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Veterans from St Helens met up at an annual reunion for the sixth year in a row.

Around 30 people who used to serve in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) met up at the Eagle and Child pub in Billinge for a get-together organised by Malcolm Moran and John Burns.

Malcolm Moran and John Burns at the reunion for RAOC veterans

Malcolm Moran and John Burns at the reunion for RAOC veterans

Most of the group enlisted during the 1960s and ‘70s with the corps, which became a founder member of the Royal Logistic Corps in 1993.

The reunion has grown since it was established, with this year’s number doubling the 15 who came to the first event.

Mr Moran said: “It is an opportunity for the group to ‘pull up a sandbag and swing the lantern’, to tell more old stories of their service but also to catch up on what has happened over the last year.

“The group are all from a similar era, although we do have the odd older soldier too. Their common bond is their badge.”

The new landlady of the Eagle and Child provided curry and a cold buffet to go with the beer drunk at the private bar allocated to the former servicemen.

Nearby B&B The Stork also got involved by offering rooms to some of the veterans who had travelled longer distances to be at the reunion.