Sleaford-area pub honoured for Second World War past

A montage of Second World War photos has been presented to the Shoulder of Mutton Inn, in Ruskington, to commemorate its connection with the conflict.

The presentation event at the Shoulder of Mutton Inn, in Ruskington.
The presentation event at the Shoulder of Mutton Inn, in Ruskington.

The pub was a popular watering hole among members of the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron (1st AB Recce) while they were billeted in the village in 1944.

The squadron would go on to be involved in Operation Market Garden in Arnhem, in the Netherlands. Out of about 250 men, only 30 returned and when they arrived back in the village, they went straight to the Shoulder of Mutton Inn (which had already closed for the night, but was re-opened for them).

The montage was presented to the pub by the Old Comrades Association of the Parachute Squadron Royal Armoured Corps, which was combined with that of 1st AV Recce. It was handed over to current landlady Sarah Tonge by Col (Retd) David Simpson, of Heckington, for Arnhem week.

The commemorative montage.