Tzaneen’s military veterans have found themselves a new vantage point at Fairview Hotel and have dug in adequately. The Longtom Shell Hole will henceforth be homed at the prestigious hotel just on the outskirts of town. Over the weekend the band of former soldiers celebrated the service of three of their longstanding members who received their ties and badges for their dedication to the organization and its various causes.

Ron the Run-Around Reverend received his certificate of comradeship and C-Badge for his dedication to the shell hole while Marthinus Ferreira and Johan Cronje each received their long service ties and C-badges for 15 and 40 years of service to the MOTHS respectively.

But one of the highlights of the ceremony was the donation of a magnificent collection of WWII regalia to the Longtom Shell Hole by local first responder and fireman, Andrew Kyiley. A bugle, war drum, tapestry and a fantastic display of military cap badges from the Rhodesian armed forces was donated by Kyiley to the MOTHS. He explained that the collection belonged to his father, who served in the Rhodesian African Rifles battalion during the 70’s. The bugle was from the battles fought in Burma during WWII in the South-East Asian theatres whereas the uniforms and other regalia were from his father’s time in service.

The Longtom Shell Hole will be hosting their annual fundraising golf day at Fairview Hotel on the 28th of March. Teams who wish to enter can do so by contacting the Longtom Shell Hole Old Bill, Alan Odendaal on 083 660 2472. The cost per fourball team will be R2000. There will be prizes handed to every golfer on the day and loads more giveaways including a hole in one cash prize which is to be announced closer to the date.




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