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A shopkeeper is demonstrating his support for Services personnel who wear thier uniforms in public.

Mr David Moore, owner of G.H. Porter Provisions on Bridge Street, Newark, is offering a 20% discount on all meat, coffee, tea and preserves to the military in recognition of their work.The saving is increased to 25% if they are wearing their uniforms.

He has written to all town centre businesses asking them to make similar offers.

Mr Moore said he was disgusted by the decision of the station chief at RAF Wittering, whobanned her personnel from wearing their uniforms in public.

This followed abuse by some people in Peterborough, who were opposed to the British presence inIraq and Afghanistan.

Mr Moore, a former paramedic, has put up posters proclaiming: “Proud to Serve”.

Newly returned soldiers from the Mercian Regiment’s 2nd Battalion (Worcesters and Foresters) were the first take advantage of Mr Moore’s offer this week.

Among them was Private Jason Sheppard (19) whose grandmother, Gloria Brown, runs South Collingham Care Home at Collingham Hall.

The hallhosted the launch eventfor the fund begun by the MP for Newark, Mr Patrick Mercer, and county councillor Mr Keith Girling, which raises money to help families care for wounded servicemen and women, raising £700.

Mr Moore said: “Having seen the raw deal in Peterborough, I have to say I was quite astounded by it.

“Whether you agree with the political opinion surrounding what’s happening in Afghanistan and Iraq does not matter. We should be supporting our boys on the ground.

“We welcome anybody in uniform here.”

The officer commanding 2nd Battalion, Lieutenant-colonel Simon Banton, supported Mr Moore’s drive.

He said: “It is always heart-warming when people react in this way. It is the right thing to do — to support our boys and we in return will always support an endeavour like this.

“Soldiers are local boys, part of their communities. Their families, their friends, friends of friends support them. They serve their country and it is important to them to know they have support back home.”

Mr Mercer said: “All this fuss in Peterborough; we are all over them here in Newark and that’s the way it should be.”



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