Toast to forces

Ian Kirton, who organised raffles at seven pubs and clubs in Knottingley for the Yorkshire regiment handing over the buckets of cash.L-R Ian Kirton,David Hallaways (Bay Horse) Capt Trevor Edgar (Yorks Regiment),John Wagstaff (The Railway),Frank Causier Stozle S&S Club) and Ian Kurton.
Ian Kirton, who organised raffles at seven pubs and clubs in Knottingley for the Yorkshire regiment handing over the buckets of cash.L-R Ian Kirton,David Hallaways (Bay Horse) Capt Trevor Edgar (Yorks Regiment),John Wagstaff (The Railway),Frank Causier Stozle S&S Club) and Ian Kurton.

PUBS and clubs in Knottingley toasted the armed forces by raising almost £800 for the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust.

Landlords and club members from seven venues handed over the cash raised from their Remembrance Day raffles to Capt Trevor Edgar of the Yorkshire Regiment on Thursday.

The event was organised by local charity The United Bottle Makers of Yorkshire, which is made up of employees from the county’s seven glass factories.

Ian Kirton, who works for Allied Glass in Knottingley, formed the group to raise cash after hearing the news earlier this year that five Yorkshire soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan.

He said: “This money, added to the cash raised our charity skydive and fundraising stalls, will mean that almost £6,000 has been raised this year by the United Bottle Makers of Yorkshire for the soldiers of the Yorkshire Regiment.

“Our fundraising target for 2012 is £10,000 so work will go on to try and achieve our goal.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/ian-kirton0 to donate.