Appeal to join war veteran’s funeral service.

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A Peterborough man is appealing for people to join the memorial service for a local war veteran in Grantham.

The funeral of Sgt Ray Johnson takes place at Grantham Crematorium today (Monday, September 26) at noon and a well-wisher is supporting efforts to transport veterans and supporters to the service.

Jay Beecher, a political campaigner for UKIP in Peterborough, said: “I’m trying to pack the service out. It’s so important.

“This is entirely non-political, and I’ll be giving lifts too and from Grantham crematorium all morning. I’ve got a fair few volunteers, but need one last push for more.”

Sgt Johnson passed away on September 3, a day short of his 96th birthday, and has only three living relatives.

He served as a Spitfire armourer on 152 (Hyderabad) Squadron from 1939 to 1945.

Anyone who can help should contact Jay Beecher at jaybeecher@live.co.uk