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Soliders pop in to library to say thank you 7 November 2008

THREE local soliders will call in at the Family Library tomorrow to say thank you to young members who boosted their morale while they were on a tour of duty in Iraq.

The men from the 1st Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, will be at the Department of Education-run library in Westmoreland Road, Douglas, at 11.30am on Saturday. Members are welcome to attend.

Sergeant Dave Cameron from Cumbria and the three local men, Kingsman John Quaggan, Kingsman Stuart Dawson and Kingsman James Kelly, are in the Island representing their battalion for Remembrance Sunday.

They will present the library with a gift of a framed photo in return for the young members’ support during the Battalion’s tour of duty in Basra, Iraq, which came to an end this summer.

Members sent the soldiers drawings, gifts and letters of support, which boosted the soldiers’ morale.

The Regiment – the North West’s Infantry – recruits from Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and the Isle of Man.

While in the Island the soldiers are also attending a civic dinner and taking part in Douglas’s Remembrance Sunday ceremony, where they will lay a wreath.

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