Military event is a success

MILITARY MATTERS: Mike Roaham displays one of his model planes.

MILITARY MATTERS: Mike Roaham displays one of his model planes.

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THE success of a military fair – the first of its kind in the Sudbury area – will see the event repeated again, organisers have promised.

Models makers, collectors and military enthusiasts all turned out for the Sudbury Skirmish held at the Stevenson Centre in Great Cornard on Saturday.

The event was run to raise funds for the Royal British Legion, which is now in its 90th year, and Help for Heroes, which supports armed forces personnel injured in British conflicts.

Organiser Roger Burden said: “I have always been a keen student of military matters and was in the Territorial Army for a while.

“My wife and I have travelled to hobby fairs all across southern England, but never found one in this area, so we decided to hold one ourselves.”

Stalls selling model kits, military accessories and books helped raise £80 for Help for Heroes, while the proceeds from a raffle went to the Royal British Legion.

Two replica military Jeeps were also on display.

“The fair was very well received and we had a number of requests from people asking when there would be another,” said Mr Burden, from Great Cornard.

His wife Janet said they hoped to make it an annual event.