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WW2 Veterans Visit The Greenhous Meadow

6 November 2014

RBL volunteers share their experience

World War 2 veterans who now volunteer for the The Royal British Legion paid a special visit to the Greenhous Meadow on Thursday afternoon.

The two gentlemen, Jim Backhouse and Les Stocking, met manager Micky Mellon, his staff, the Club's staff and the playing squad during their time at the stadium.

Shrewsbury Town's players then signed two 'Live On' t-shirts, worn by the players before the game against Portsmouth, to give to the two gentlemen before their departure.

Manager Micky Mellon said afterwards: "It was a real honour to have them here and I really mean that, I don’t say that lightly.

"You want to see the smiles on the faces of the lads when they see these guys, it’s a lesson to us all how humble these people are considering what they’ve done in their lives and what they’ve done for us.

"They come in and they are almost embarrassed, which is unbelievable, but we’re honoured to have them here.

"It’s a great thrill for the lads to be mixing with these people who we hold in such high regard and so we should for the sacrifices that they made at a young age for us. We should never forget that.”

"I took time a couple of years ago to take my kids to the Somme and to Normandy and all these kinds of places, and if you go there and see the sacrifice that’s been made for you, you’ll certainly look at that in a different light.

"Me and my kids, I made sure that they will never forget it.”

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