COMMUNITY heroes who kept coalfields running during the Second World War are being honoured with a unique veterans badge.
Mike Hall, MP for Weaver Vale, is calling on all surviving Bevin Boys to come forward to claim their badge as a tribute to their sacrifices during and after the War.
The Bevin Boys scheme was introduced in 1943 by Ernest Bevin and recruited men aged between 18-25 to work in coal mines rather than serve in the armed forces.
Mr Hall MP said: “It is with honour and gratitude that the government recognises their tremendous work with the award of this special badge.”
Applications will also be accepted from widows of Bevin Boys who died on or after the 20 June 2007, provided a copy of the marriage and death certificate is attached to the application form.
If you think you may be eligible, call the helpline on 0800 169 2277 or 01253 866043 or visit www.veteransagency.co.uk.