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Ronnie Carter with a Chorley Guardian in 1953

Ronnie Carter with a Chorley Guardian in 1953

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There is nothing like browsing through your local paper when you are feeling 
homesick.

Ronnie Carter’s parents sent him the Chorley Guardian every week while he was in Egypt when he was doing his national service from 1952 and 1954.

The 84-year-old, who lives in Euxton, was pictured with the Guardian in 1953, which had the headline, Should Chorley Holidays Be Changed?

The father-of-two, who has three grandchildren, was in the Royal Artillery.

His son, William, said: “My dad was from Euxton born and bred so his parents sent the Chorley Guardian over every week.

“It was nice for him to read stories form home and it kept him going as he was missing home.

“He was out there doing his national service during the Suez Crisis.

“He was in the Royal Artillery and his job was to man the big guns.

“He enjoyed the experience, as it says it made him.

“When he left in 1954, he became a plasterer and tiler.

“He was married to my mum, Jean, for more than 40 years until she died of cancer nine years ago.

“I have now moved in with my dad to take care of him, as his eyesight and hearing is 
going.”

The Suez Crisis was an invasion of Egypt in late 1956 by Israel, followed by the United Kingdom and France.

The aims were to regain Western control of the Suez Canal and to remove Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser from power.

After the fighting had started, political pressure from the United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Nations led to a withdrawal by the three invaders.