Bar­racks vet­eran hon­oured

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Historical Decision -

A vet­eran who served more than 20 years at Howe Bar­racks has re­ceived a me­mento of his ser­vice.

Blue Cooper, who served with 3rd Bat­tal­ion Queen’s Reg­i­ment from 1966 - 1988, has been given the head of his reg­i­ment’s flag­pole by Tay­lor Wim­pey.

The flag­pole was based out­side his reg­i­men­tal head­quar­ters at the bar­racks.

Mr Cooper said: “When I first walked through the gate with my teddy boy’s hair­cut in 1966, I saw the flag­pole for the first time and it re­mained there through­out my time with the unit, which also be­came known as the Vipers club.

“It’s lovely to have it as a lit­tle me­mento for the Vipers - it’ll be on the top table at our next re­union.”

Blue Cooper, sec­ond right, re­ceiv­ing the head of the flag­pole from Tay­lor Wim­pey’s Joanna Webb and Phil Lay­cock and Viper club mem­ber Len Coombs

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