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Regiment honours shell engravers


The engraver in Havelock Street does not charge for his services

Members of Norfolk-based The Light Dragoons regiment are visiting Vince Ayris' engraving shop in Swindon to say a special thank you.

When a regimental soldier is killed in Afghanistan a shell case returned from the battlefield is polished-up, engraved and presented to the family.

A cross, made from five shells, is also engraved and placed in the regimental chapel in the soldier's memory.

The Havelock Street store makes no charge for it services.

Mr Ayris recently received a letter of thanks from the commanding officer and a model of a Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle as a token of the goodwill between the shop and the regiment.

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