Raising Money for Help For Heroes

Four old road signs welcoming people to Royal Wootton Bassett have raised £3,320 for Help for Heroes on the website eBay.

Wiltshire Council sold two original signs reading Welcome to Wootton Bassett – which were in place at the town before it received its Royal patronage – and two created for the town’s renaming ceremony, which read: Welcome to Royal Wootton Bassett.

The original signs were sold for £1,170 and £920, while the newer signs raised £720 and £510.

The sale of the signs smashed the expectations of the council, which listed them with a starting bid of just £50.

The town has become known for the dignified way residents lined the High Street to pay their respects when the bodies of troops killed in Afghanistan were repatriated.

In October Wootton Bassett became the first town in more than 100 years to get the Royal prefix.

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