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"Paying tribute to a hero"

Great British Sunday Lunch has become a global fundraiser as a group of aviation enthusiasts plan a dinner in memory of New Zealand Dambuster Les Munro.

Melanie Salisbury and Jenny Smith from Classic FlyersMelanie Salisbury (left) and Jenny Smith (right) from Classic Flyers

Melanie Salisbury and her husband Kev are ex-pats living in Tauranga, New Zealand. They are so keen on the aviation heritage of Great Britain they return to the UK each year to lead a specialist tour.

Having realised her home would not accommodate her ambition for a great big Great British Sunday Lunch, Mel decided to think big. Having met Les on several occasions she hoped he would attend as the guest of honour.

Sadly he died in August so Mel has now decided to pay tribute to his bravery and the bravery of all who fight in our defence by holding a two-course dinner in the Classic Flyers hangar in Tauranga, which is where Les' funeral service was held.

She said: "The RAF Benevolent Fund is fantastic, taking care of those who have given so much for our country and I especially liked reading the little cards in the Great British Sunday Lunch pack which make it all so personal and real.

"The Bomber Command Memorial is great (2016 will be our first visit in person) and worth every penny the Fund spends keeping it maintained. It seems that only in recent years are the new generations becoming more aware of the history and what people did for us."

Mel's event will take place in November and will also include a silent auction and a raffle.

If you are interested in hosting a Sunday Lunch visit our Great British Sunday Lunch site for more information and to sign up.

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