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D-Day salute from hospital for veterans

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Staff at Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s ward seven laid on a fabulous D-Day afternoon tea for patients on Friday, and celebrated the achievements of two veterans at the hospital.

Staff at Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s ward seven laid on a fabulous D-Day afternoon tea for patients on Friday, and celebrated the achievements of two veterans at the hospital.

90-year-old veterans Philip Quin and Eric Downing are patients on the ward and were both honoured by staff and patients alike.

Mr Quinn said: “I’m enjoying the celebrations and I think it will be the last time they celebrate like this.”

Eric Downing from Gadebridge was in the 22nd Dragoons as a gun operator in a Sherman tank adapted as a mine sweeper. He also landed at Juno beach and has been back to France on a number of occasions to revisit the people and the event.

Ward seven’s Sister Maureen Malanaphy: “Events like this make such a difference to the elderly people in our wards so we try to organise them when there’s an important occasion. We’re really proud of our veterans and we thought it was important to commemorate their bravery 60 years on.”

 

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