THE Service community played a starring role as Harrogate Town Football Club marked its admiration for the Army during a recent league encounter.

Military personnel and their families from Dishforth Garrison were joined by more than 150 junior soldiers from the Army Foundation College for Town’s Vanarama National North Division match against Boston United.

Prior to kick-off, the visitors – who were among a crowd of 1,400 – got to explore a variety of Army stands, get hands-on with an armoured truck and enjoy a spectacular on-pitch Gurkha tribal dance.

And after the match, which finished 3-1 to Harrogate, Lt Col Richard Hall collected a £150 cheque on behalf of the Army Families Federation following a half-time collection from the club’s corporate guests.

AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade said: “I’d like to thank Harrogate Town for the generous donation collected in aid of AFF.

“The work AFF does in support of Army families is ongoing and, as a charity, any donations received help us to ensure we are helping families in the best way we can.”

Harrogate Town AFC has been building its links with the local community over the last four years and getting closer to Servicemen and women forms part of that work.

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