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Chris Binns, of Harrison Lord, with Dave Woolley and some of his badges

Chris Binns, of Harrison Lord, with Dave Woolley and some of his badges

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DAVE Woolley has always had an interest in military history but when he signed up himself in 1966 that interest deepened.

Dave served in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment for 22 years and in that time he developed a strong interest in military memorabilia and started collecting cap badges.

The retired postman has now more than 70 badges in his collection which have been framed at Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse.

“I have always had an interest in collecting them,” he said. “Some of the regiments these badges are from don’t exist any more.”

Dave has served all over the world including Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany. “I like the history behind the badges and they represent some of the places I have been and where I have met up with different regiments. There is a lot of interest in them,” he said.

The badges were framed by Chris Binns at Harrison Lord. “I knew it was going to be good but I am really pleased with it. It is fantastic,” said Dave.

It took Mr Binns between three and four days framing the badges. “One of the hardest jobs was getting them of the cork boards because they were so delicate. I have done normal medals with ribbons but this was totally different and challenging.”