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Spitfire flypast thrills crowds at Liam’s day

A fitting tribute in the shape of a flypast by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

A fitting tribute in the shape of a flypast by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

A Spitfire flypast was the highlight of the latest family fun day paying tribute to the memory of a brave Sheffield soldier.

Hundreds were at the event at the Fox pub in Beighton organised by the family and friends of Corporal Liam Riley, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2010.

The fun days have since become an annual event and have so far raised more than £67,000 for the Help for Heroes charity.

Liam’s aunt Marie Gregg said she hoped this year’s party would raise at least another £10,000 for the cause.

“This is our fifth year and they do seem to get bigger and better all the time,” she said.

“The Spitfire flying over was a wonderful thing but all it took was one phone call to the RAF – they were delighted to help.”

Other highlights included an appearance by Jessica Steele of The Voice, and sets by local bands the Eton Rifles, Laughing Gravy, Polypia, You’re Next and Midlife Crisis.

Family friend Sarah Baxter said many of those there had known Liam, but many more had come along to support the cause.

“It is a real community day, we’ve had a football tournament and one team came from Huddersfield – but fittingly it was won by Liam’s All Stars,” she said.

“It takes us all year to organise this but it is worth it and we are so grateful to everyone who has donated items or who has helped in any way.”

One man enjoying the day was ex-pat Sheffielder Brian Beckett, aged 76, who lives in Brisbane having emigrated in 1969, and who was back home for a family wedding.

 

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