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Taxi Charity in the press: The Royal Signals Association Newsletter 2013

Visit to the Netherlands, May 2012

Len Brace, who served with 11 Air Formation Signals from January 1943 until June 1947 and lives in Ilford, has been on a 5-day trip to Arnheim, courtesy of the London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled (LTBAWD).

On 2 May 2012 80 taxis, carrying 160 veterans, boarded the Stenna Line ferry and travelled from Harwich. They arrived at the Papendal Hotel, Arnheim, at 11.00am the following day. In a very busy programme, the following places were visited: the Bronbeek Veterans Home, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery at Oosterbeek (where wreaths were

laid), the Nationaal Bevrijdings Museum at Groesbeek (for a Service of Remembrance), the National Liberation Day Service at Rehen, the Oosterbeek Airborne Museum where a Dutch pipe band was in attendance and in a very moving ceremony local schoolchildren exchanged gifts with the veterans and the Dutch National Liberation Parade held at Wageningen.

On the final evening a formal dinner with Dutch guests and hosts plus entertainment was held. The veterans returned by ferry and ended the trip with a Remembrance Service at the stern of the ship, returning to Harwich after a round trip of 560 miles. The LTBAWD takes war veterans, by taxi, from the London area to Worthing each year for a day by the sea and to the War and Peace Show at Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent.

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