The event was held inside the Basildon EastGate Shopping Centre and was ideally placed to attract lots of visitors. There was a lot of activity around the stand all morning and Ray sold out of his book by lunchtime. It was a huge honour and privilege to spend the morning with the veterans, all of which were only too eager to tell their stories.
|Ray spent the entire morning signing his book and talking to visitors.|
|All the Veterans were more than happy to sign books and chat about their experiences.|
|Ray with W Whiteman who was at Arnhem and Don Sheppard who landed at Juno Beach. Don's unit were reinforcements for the troops holding Pegasus bridge.|
|The stall was busy all day and was ideally placed to attract passing shoppers, many of which bought Rays book and chatted with the veterans.|
|Ray still signing copies of his book.|
I've just recieved some feedback on the results of our days activity. The Vaterans collected over £700 from the public and recieved an additional £200 from Ray from sales of his book. This money will go a long way towards paying the costs of those Veterans able to make the trip to Normandy this week.