Afghan veteran takes centre stage at Somerset Retreat

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By hardingsimon | Friday, November 22, 2013, 13:39

Veteran of a thousand motorcycle shows  and rallies the  commemorative Corporal Lee Scott motorbike will take pride of place in a memorial wall being assembled at  Afghan Heroes' Somerset Retreat  in Ashcott near Glastonbury.

The   ex-service Harley Davidson MT350, which was previously used by the British army in Afghanistan, has been specially engraved with the name, age and date of every UK service man and women lost   in the conflict.

The motorbike has been on display at hundreds of shows and displays up and down the country since the charity was formed in 2009. It will now join other mementoes including the tail fin from a Harrier jump jet presented by supporters from the former RAF Cottesmore.

The motorcycle will go on permanent display at the Somerset retreat – set up to provide accommodation and care for up to half a dozen former military personnel finding their feet before going back to Civvy Street.

Afghan Heroes founder Denise Harris, whose son Corporal Lee Scott lost his life in July 2009 while serving with 2 Royal Tank Regiment in Helmand province, said the wall would help commemorate the fallen and inspire their comrades as they put their lives back together at the Retreat.

She said: "As the centrepiece of our memorial wall the motorbike will provide a focal point  for everything this charity represents and the sacrifices these servicemen and women have made." 

The original motorbike saw active service before being de-commisioned. The commemorative Cpl Lee Scott was the brainchild of Paul Ferguson who re-built and  re-furbished the bike with Martin Turner.

All proceeds from the bike's nationwide appearances have gone to Afghan Heroes.

 

For further information on Afghan Heroes go to www.trueheroes.org.uk or    www.thesomersetretreat.org.uk

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