FIRST-ISSUE D-Day coins were handed over to veterans in Sauchie last week as a group supporting ex-forces personnel celebrated the group’s fourth anniversary.

The Wee County Veterans & Supporters Group gathered at their usual meeting space in Sauchie Resource Centre last Friday, September 13, to mark the occasion with local dignitaries.

MSP Keith Brown, a Falklands veteran himself, Provost Tina Murphy and Vice Lord-Lieutenant John Spruce were all in attendance.

A surprise for the day, organised by the group’s Jo Wilkinson, was the presentation of first-issue D-Day coins from the London Mint Office, which was keen to become a supporter of the group after hearing about what is on offer.

It is understood the coins form a part of the mint office’s Road to Victory set, released in the 75th anniversary of the famous Normandy landings.

Informal social meetings where camaraderie and support are on offer are at the heart of the group, which is again looking forward to creating Christmas hampers for former soldiers in the area.

Mr Spruce, who cut the celebratory cake, said he was happy to come along for the anniversary of a “fantastic group doing important work”.

Provost Murphy has also been a keen supporter and said she would carry on with that even when she is not in office anymore.

Wee County Veterans is still gaining members at a steady pace, explained Jo, who gave thanks to all who have been involved over the years as well as ASDA for its continued support.

Those who went along on the day also enjoyed some tasty treats and hot drinks at the resource centre as well as live musical entertainment.

Jo is hoping to reach out to more veterans in the area, anyone with questions or looking for more details can give her a ring on 07914 123 329.