Veterans got together to mark the contribution of Dewsbury people in past conflicts and to show their support to serving troops.
MP Shahid Malik hosted the second annual veterans lunch at Dewsbury Town Hall, attended by more than 250 people. And the MP used the event to heavily criticise two organisations which demonstrated in Leeds and London during in recent weeks. He slammed Islam4UK who demonstrated in London and the English Defence League (EDL) who protested in Leeds. Mr Malik also attacked the extremists in Luton who disrupted a military parade and shouted abuse at soldiers.
In his speech Mr Malik said that the UK was a multi-faith society and that was part of what made the UK the best country in the world. Mr Malik concluded by saying that the true defenders of England were those present at the Town Hall event and veterans around the country were the true patriots.
The Dewsbury MP said: “It’s right that we celebrate the truly outstanding contribution that was made by so many local people both during past wars as well as current conflicts.”
During the event, guests were treated to refreshments and a light lunch while listening to a medley of wartime anthems from 40s singer Caroline Romley. After lunch guests heard contributions from Veterans Minister Kevan Jones MP and Major David Wroe.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner