Major Ron adds his tributes to veterans' legend Tony Rider

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Legend: Tony Rider - Credit: Submitted

A well-known fellow veteran has added his tribute to the legendary Tony Rider 

Mr Rider, champion of war veterans throughout the Bay for decades, has died aged 91. 

He will be most remembered for his work with the Normandy Veterans’ Association, the annual D-Day commemoration services and battling to save the D-Day slipways at Torquay harbour. 

Major Ron Goodwin, president of Paignton’s Royal British Legion, said Mr Rider was a local veteran who worked so hard to ensure ‘we never forgot the past’.  

Major Ron said: “To Tony, I was a young veteran, I served 35 years in the Cheshire Regiment from 1961 to 1996 and met up often. Sometimes the old and the new had words on the way to do things, but always got on together to complete the aims of the event.  

“We were both very alike in keeping traditions alive. Once forgotten traditions never come back. 

“That’s why the Paignton Branch of the Royal British Legion carry out a short service for the Burma Star Association on August 15 every year in Paignton as we do to remember all conflicts. 

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“Never should it be said that this is the last service of remembrance as there are no longer any veterans left from that war. They must never be forgotten.  

“We must also involve the youth of today as they are the future of Remembrance.” 

Also leading the tributes was Jim Davidson, who got to know Mr Rider during the comedian’s summer shows at Torquay’s Princess Theatre. 

Major Ron said: “It was pleasing to read that Jim Davidson paid a tribute. Not a lot of people know that Jim does a lot for the forces and has done for many years. I, personally, have come across Jim in many countries.”