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‘Tankies’ get mayoral stamp of approval

SPECIAL 1st class stamps have been pro- duced for a unique military parade inMaid- stone.

Mayor Brian Mortimer came up with the

idea to mark the Sec- ond Royal Tank Regi- ment’s homecoming from Afghanistan. Money from the sale

of the stamps – which show the regiment’s insignia and the Union flag –willgotothe mayor’s charity, Help for Heroes. Although the ‘Tank-

said: “It’s absolutely superb news. “I have had 220 commemorative stamps produced. I got permission from Royal Mail and the MoD. Two local companies have sponsored them – David Hicken Associ- ates and Firmin’s.” The mayor used 120

of them to send letters to every school in the borough,


ies’ are based in the South West, they also recruit in the South East, notably Maid- stone. They will parade through the town on September 1, followed by a civic reception. Cllr Mortimer, who lives in Coxheath,

Fundraiser to help

mend broken hearts A FUNDRAISING event for the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts appeal will be held at The Oast, Half Yoke, Farleigh Lane, Maid- stone, on August 20, from 1pm to 4.30pm. with stalls, refresh- ments and lots more. Details from Jacky or Angela on 01622 721245 or 726012.

The Royal Tank Regiment is the oldest tank unit in the world. The Second has been at the forefront of armoured war- fare since the first tanks broke through the German trenches at Cambrai, France, in 1917.

pupils and parents to attend this “great day”, aswell as letters to every parish coun- cil.

He explained: “That leaves 100, in blocks of 20. One block will be presented to

the regiment; one to the borough council; I’ll keep one myself for the time being; and two others that are framedwill be auctioned for my charity – Help for Heroes.”

Mayor Cllr Brian Mortimer with the framed stamps. Actual size, left

CCTV call after community shop thefts AN appeal has beenmade for a CCTV system after Chart Sutton’s community shop was targeted by thieves on two occasions. A charity box was stolen from the Shop on the Green and an empty till was taken in a break-in. Following the second inci- dent, Maidstone Glass made temporary repairs, and parish Cllr StevenWaring provided a replacement till while the shop group considers other actions. Local borough Cllr Mike Fitzgerald has written to Maidstone Council regarding CCTV, and called for support from police and the community warden. “We need to give confidence to our volunteers,” he said.

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