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Chelsea pensioner unveils council's Tommy Tribute


By Mercury reporter


Rutland County Council’s commemorative ‘Tommy’ silhouette marking the Armistice Centenary has been formally unveiled by Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cumming MBE GCStG.

The memorial, which forms part of Rutland’s commemorations for this year’s Armistice Centenary, was purchased thanks to fundraising by RCC staff and the Grainstore Brewery in Oakham, with all proceeds going to support the UK’s There But Not There project.

(From left to right) Deputy Leader Councillor Gordon Brown, Armed Forces Champion Councillor Richard Foster, Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cumming MBE GCStG, MP for Rutland and Melton Sir Alan Duncan (5833212)
(From left to right) Deputy Leader Councillor Gordon Brown, Armed Forces Champion Councillor Richard Foster, Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cumming MBE GCStG, MP for Rutland and Melton Sir Alan Duncan (5833212)

Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cumming MBE GCStG unveiled the tribute on Friday, November 30 as part of a special weekend-long visit to Rutland.

While in the County, Mr Cumming also visited children at Milfield Academy and guests at the Grainstore’s monthly Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast, before delivering a special talk about life at the Royal Hospital Chelsea to an audience at Rutland County Museum.

Born in 1932, he enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals in 1950 and travelled worldwide during a distinguished military career, before retiring in 1983.

Mr Cumming, a Knight Grand Cross Order St. George and Freeman of the City of London, was made a Member of the British Empire in 1999 for services to Military Welfare.

Councillor Richard Foster, an Armed Forces champion for Rutland County Council, said: “It was an honour to have Mr Cumming visit Rutland to help us commemorate the Armistice Centenary. He travelled the world during a highly decorated military career and is a hugely inspirational figure.

“On behalf of everyone at Rutland County Council, I’d like to thank Mr Cumming for his visit. I’d also like to thank Barnsdale Lodge, who provided Mr Cumming with free accommodation throughout his stay.”



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